Intern Embraces Nerd Beat

As a science writing intern I get to skip the conventional newsroom experience and start writing a beat of my choice—I like to call it the “nerd” beat. By that I mean I cover science and topics outsi...

Steele’s Eagles

Readers of Research Frontiers will recognize Marla Steele from the cover of the 2013-14 Fall/Winter issue. Steele, a biological sciences graduate student in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts a...

Earworms Infect ‘Science Friday’

Ever since I interviewed Elizabeth Margulis about her book, On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, I’ve been hyper-aware of the bits of music that float through my mind and sometimes stick there, loopi...

Illustrating Slime Molds

In 2011, Angela Mele drove three hours through the Ozarks to meet Steve Stephenson at the University of Arkansas. Mele — at the time an intern at a natural history exhibit design company based in Mis...

Material Gods

If I weren’t a science writer, I probably wouldn’t think much about materials. What goes into the making and improving things like Teflon, biodiesel fuel, solar cells and biosensors, all of which I b...