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Scientific American editors are available on request for media interviews. Offering expertise in a wide range of specialties and practiced at translating science into plain English, Scientific American editors are the ideal expert guests to comment on science news of the day. Many are media trained, including broadcast and radio, and have extensive interview experience. 

Laura Helmuth
Editor in Chief
  • Location: New York, New York

Laura Helmuth is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American . She has previously been the Health and Science Editor for The Washington Post , Digital News Director for National Geographic , Science and Health Editor for Slate , Science Editor for Smithsonian , and a news editor and reporter at Science .…read more

Laura Helmuth is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American. She has previously been the Health and Science Editor for The Washington Post, Digital News Director for National Geographic, Science and Health Editor for Slate, Science Editor for Smithsonian, and a news editor and reporter at Science.

She is the immediate past president of the National Association of Science Writers, and in that role she co-hosted the World Conference of Science Journalists in 2017. She is currently a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s standing committee on the science of science communication. She serves on the advisory boards of SciLine, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that connects reporters with scientific experts; High Country News; Knowable Magazine; Spectrum; and Society for Science and the Public, publisher of Science News. She has been a board member of the Geological Society of Washington, The Open Notebook, and the DC Science Writers Association.

She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz’s science communication program.

She speaks frequently on science communication, how to use social media effectively, and how to fight misinformation. Her favorite hobbies are birdwatching, hiking, and kayaking. Her Twitter handle is @LauraHelmuth.

Curtis Brainard
Managing Editor
  • Location: New York, NY

Curtis Brainard is acting editor in chief at Scientific American . He was formerly a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review ( CJR ), where he covered science, environment and medical news as a staff writer from 2006 until 2013.…read more

Curtis Brainard is acting editor in chief at Scientific American. He was formerly a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), where he covered science, environment and medical news as a staff writer from 2006 until 2013. In January 2008 he launched The Observatory, CJR’s first full-time department dedicated to critically analyzing science coverage in the media, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing science journalists. Numerous outlets, from the New York Times to Fox News, have cited Brainard’s media criticism and reporting. He’s been a guest on radio programs on NPR and Al Jazeera English and invited to speak at venues such as the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Brainard has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Popular Science and onEarth. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists, and in 2013 he was elected to serve on the executive board of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Brainard holds master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, where he is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Journalism, home of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Sunya Bhutta
Senior Editor, Audience Engagement
  • Location: New York, NY

Sunya Bhutta is a journalist, audience-development strategist and the senior engagement editor at Scientific American .…read more

Sunya Bhutta is a journalist, audience-development strategist and the senior engagement editor at Scientific American. Her role includes managing the Web site’s home page, social media profiles, newsletters and mobile app news feed. Additionally, she works with marketing to provide insight about readers and the latest industry trends. Previously, she was associate editor at Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. Her work has also been published in Time Out New York, Chronogram and Hudson Valley magazine.

Lee Billings
Senior Editor, Space/Physics
  • Location: New York, NY

Lee Billings is an senior editor covering space and physics for Scientific American.…read more

Lee Billings is an senior editor covering space and physics for Scientific American.  His freelance writing has appeared in many popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired and Popular Mechanics. Billings is the author of Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars, which won the American Institute of Physics science writing award in 2014. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Sophie Bushwick
Associate Editor, Technology
  • Location: New York, NY

Sophie Bushwick is an associate editor who covers technology for Scientific American .…read more

Sophie Bushwick is an associate editor who covers technology for Scientific American. Previously, she worked as an editor at Popular Science and as a freelance writer, podcast producer and video host for several publications, including Discover, Gizmodo, and Inside Science. Bushwick received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Carleton College before winning an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship, which she spent at Scientific American.

Jen Christiansen
Senior Graphics Editor

Jen Christiansen is senior graphics editor at Scientific American , where she art directs and produces illustrated explanatory diagrams and data visualizations.…read more

Jen Christiansen is senior graphics editor at Scientific American, where she art directs and produces illustrated explanatory diagrams and data visualizations. She began her publishing career in New York City at Scientific American in 1996, moved to Washington, D.C., to join the staff of National Geographic (first as an assistant art director/researcher hybrid and then as a designer), spent four years as a freelance science communicator and returned to Scientific American in 2007. She’s a regular contributor to the SA Visual blog, writing on topics ranging from reconciling her love for art and science to her quest to learn more about the pulsar chart on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album cover. She holds a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in geology and studio art from Smith College.

Jeffery DelViscio
Senior Multimedia Editor

Jeffery DelViscio runs editorial video at Scientific American . Previously, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.…read more

Jeffery DelViscio runs editorial video at Scientific American. Previously, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He helped co-found STAT, where he was the first director of multimedia and creative, overseeing all interactive journalism. While there, his team won many national awards, including a Polk Award for environmental reporting, in a collaboration with Undark Magazine. He started his journalism career at the New York Times, where he worked across five different desks over a period of eight and a half years, winning multiple awards along the way, including an Emmy Award. He holds dual master’s degrees from Columbia University in journalism and earth and environmental sciences. Before entering journalism, DelViscio worked onboard oceanographic research vessels and tracked money and politics in science from Washington, D.C.

Mark Fischetti
Senior Editor, Sustainability
  • Location: Massachusetts

Mark Fischetti oversees coverage of sustainability issues for Scientific American ’s magazine and Web site, including climate, weather, environment, energy, food, water, biodiversity, population, and more.…read more

Mark Fischetti oversees coverage of sustainability issues for Scientific American’s magazine and Web site, including climate, weather, environment, energy, food, water, biodiversity, population, and more. He assigns and edits features and news by journalists and scientists and also writes in all those formats. He edits Graphic Science, a full-page data visualization appearing on the magazine’s back page. He has been part of small teams that started and then edited two spin-off magazines, Scientific American Mind and Scientific American Earth 3.0. His 2001 article "Drowning New Orleans" predicted the widespread disaster that a storm like Hurricane Katrina would impose on the city. His video What Happens to Your Body When You Die? now has 12 million views on YouTube. Fischetti has written freelance articles for the New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Fast Company, and many others. He co-authored the book Weaving the Web with Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, which tells the real story of how the Web was created. He also co-authored The New Killer Diseases with microbiologist Elinor Levy. Fischetti is a former managing editor of IEEE Spectrum magazine and of Family Business magazine. He has a physics degree and has twice served as the Attaway Fellow in Civic Culture at Centenary College of Louisiana, which awarded him an honorary doctorate. Fischetti is a frequent broadcaster and has appeared on CNN, NBC’s Meet the Press, the History Channel, NPR News and many news radio stations.

Josh Fischman
Senior Editor, Chemistry/Policy/Biology
  • Location: Washington, D.C.

Josh Fischman is a senior editor at Scientific American magazine, leading a team covering medicine, earth sciences and science policy from Washington, D.C.…read more

Josh Fischman is a senior editor at Scientific American magazine, leading a team covering medicine, earth sciences and science policy from Washington, D.C. His work has been selected for the Best American Science Writing anthology, and he has won the Blakeslee Award for excellence in medical reporting. He has written cover stories for National Geographic, U.S. News & World Report, and Discover and features for Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Fischman has been interviewed about science and technology on CNN, MSNBC, Marketplace, BBC World Service and the Weather Channel. His journalism jobs have included editor in chief of Earth magazine and deputy editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News, supervising worldwide coverage. He has directed technology and science coverage for the Chronicle of Higher Education, was a senior writer and editor at U.S. News & World Report, deputy news editor at Science and a senior editor at Discover. Fischman has been a master of ceremonies on stages at the USA Science & Engineering Festival and the Consumer Electronics Show and is author of a leading medical education guidebook, U.S. News & World Report Ultimate Guide to Medical Schools (Sourcebooks, 2004).

Seth Fletcher
Chief Features Editor
  • Location: New York, NY

Seth Fletcher is chief features editor at Scientific American . His second book, Einstein’s Shadow (Ecco, 2018), on the Event Horizon Telescope and the quest to take the first picture of a black hole, was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick and received positive reviews in Kirkus (which gave it a starred review), Nature , Science , Wired and other outlets.…read more

Seth Fletcher is chief features editor at Scientific American. His second book, Einstein’s Shadow (Ecco, 2018), on the Event Horizon Telescope and the quest to take the first picture of a black hole, was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick and received positive reviews in Kirkus (which gave it a starred review), Nature, Science, Wired and other outlets. His first book, Bottled Lightning, on the lithium-ion battery and the rebirth of the electric car, was published in 2011 by Hill and Wang. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times, Popular Science, Fortune, Men’s Journal, Outside and other publications. His television and radio appearances have included CBS’s Face the Nation, MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, the BBC World Service, and NPR’s Fresh Air, Morning Edition, Science Friday, Marketplace and The Takeaway. He has a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Press Inquiries

Interview requests, corporate and trade press:
  • Rachel Scheer
  • Head of Communications, USA, Springer Nature
  • New York, NY
  • Phone (212) 451-8569
  • Contact by Email
  • Sarah Hausman
  • Communications and Press Officer, Nature Research
  • New York
  • Phone (212)-726-9378
  • Contact by Email
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