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Mariette DiChristina oversees Scientific American , ScientificAmerican.com , Scientific American Mind and all newsstand special editions.…read more
Mariette DiChristina oversees Scientific American, ScientificAmerican.com, Scientific American Mind and all newsstand special editions. She is the eighth person and first female to assume the top post in Scientific American's 166-year history. Under her leadership, the magazine received a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
A science journalist for more than 20 years, she first came to Scientific American in 2001 as its executive editor. She is an advisor for the Citizen Science Alliance. She was named an AAAS Fellow in 2011. She was also the president (in 2009 and 2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers. She was an adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the several years. DiChristina is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the New York Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences, 92nd Street Y in New York, Yale University and New York University among many others.
Previously, she spent nearly 14 years at Popular Science in positions culminating as executive editor. Her work in writing and overseeing articles about space topics helped garner that magazine the Space Foundation's 2001 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. In spring 2005 she was Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her chapter on science editing appears in the second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers. She is former chair of Science Writers in New York (2001 to 2004) and a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists. DiChristina was honored by New York's Italian Heritage and Culture Committee in October 2009 for her contributions as an Italian American to science journalism and education in New York City. In January 2010, she was honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women as one as one of its "Three Wise Women" of 2009.
Fred Guterl is the executive editor of Scientific American . Previously, Guterl was a deputy editor of Newsweek International, where he wrote and edited a wide range of stories for both print and digital media.…read more
Fred Guterl is the executive editor of Scientific American. Previously, Guterl was a deputy editor of Newsweek International, where he wrote and edited a wide range of stories for both print and digital media. He was Newsweek International's first science and technology editor, writing and editing dozens of cover packages and special issues on climate change, global health, energy, biotechnology and other subjects. He also created and edited Newsweek International's Web site, overseeing its home page, blogs, guest essays and news coverage. His writing and editing have contributed to numerous awards and nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors, including General Excellence for Scientific American in 2011. His article "Riddles in the Sand," which appeared in Discover, was named best magazine article in 1998 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his Newsweek article "The Wasteland," on Russia's plan to accept the world's nuclear waste, was honored by the Overseas Press Club of America for environmental writing. He has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, MSNBC, Charlie Rose, The Today Show and other television venues. Guterl is author of the book The Fate of the Species, about how humans are at risk of extinction and how to avoid it, which Bloomsbury published in June 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and has taught science writing at Princeton University.
David Biello is an award-winning associate editor. He joined ScientificAmerican.com in November 2005 and has written on subjects ranging from astronomy to zoology for both the website and magazine.…read more
David Biello is an award-winning associate editor. He joined ScientificAmerican.com in November 2005 and has written on subjects ranging from astronomy to zoology for both the website and magazine. Biello has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He is the host of the 60-Second Earth podcast, a contributor to the Instant Egghead video series and author of a children's book on bullet trains. He also is host of the PBS documentary series Beyond the Light Switch, which won a Silver Baton 2012 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
Lee Billings is an associate editor covering space and physics for Scientific American.…read more
Lee Billings is an associate 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.
Curtis Brainard is the Digital Content Manager at Scientific American. He was formerly a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review , where he covered science, environment, and medical news as a staff writer from 2006 until 2013.…read more
Curtis Brainard is the Digital Content Manager at Scientific American. He was formerly a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review, 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 fulltime 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, DC and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Aspen, Colorado. Brainard also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Popular Science and OnEarth magazine. 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 in New York City, where he is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate School of Journalism, home of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Mark Fischetti is a senior editor. He was managing editor of Scientific American's Earth 3.0 special editions and helped launch Scientific American Mind.…read more
Mark Fischetti is a senior editor. He was managing editor of Scientific American's Earth 3.0 special editions and helped launch Scientific American Mind. His 2001 Scientific American article "Drowning New Orleans" predicted the widespread disaster that a storm like Hurricane Katrina would impose on the city. Fischetti has written freelance articles for the New York Times, Smithsonian, Fast Company, and many others. With Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, he co-wrote Weaving the Web, which reveals how the Web was really created. He also co-wrote The New Killer Diseases with microbiologist Elinor Levy. Fischetti is a former managing editor of the magazines IEEE Spectrum and Family Business. 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 and NPR News.
Josh Fischman is a Senior Editor at Scientific American. He is a former deputy editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News , where he supervised its worldwide coverage.…read more
Josh Fischman is a Senior Editor at Scientific American. He is a former deputy editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News, where he supervised its worldwide coverage. Previously, he directed technology and science coverage for The Chronicle of Higher Education as a senior editor, was a senior writer and editor at U.S News &World Report, editor-in-chief at Earth, deputy news editor at Science, and a senior editor at Discover. His work has been selected for the Best American Science Writing 2012 anthology, and he has won the Blakeslee Award for excellence in medical reporting. He is the author of the leading medical education guidebook, The U.S. News & World Report Ultimate Guide to Medical Schools (Sourcebooks, 2006).
Seth Fletcher is the senior editor in charge of technology coverage for Scientific American .…read more
Seth Fletcher is the senior editor in charge of technology coverage for Scientific American. Before joining SA, he spent five years editing feature stories at Popular Science; prior to that, he edited the health section at Men’s Journal. He is the author of Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy (Hill & Wang/FSG, 2011). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, Outside, Salon, and other publications. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, Morning Edition, Science Friday, Marketplace, The Takeaway, and The Leonard Lopate Show, along with the BBC World Service and many local radio affiliates. His television appearances include Bloomberg TV and MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. He holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.
Christine Gorman is the senior editor in charge of health and medicine features for Scientific American .…read more
Christine Gorman is the senior editor in charge of health and medicine features for Scientific American. Gorman began her publishing career at Time, where she worked for more than 20 years in the business, nation, science and health sections. Upon joining Scientific American in 2010, she launched the Science of Health column, which provides an in-depth look at the science behind an emerging consensus in a research field, an instructive controversy or a broadly fascinating medical mystery. Notable features that she has shepherded to publication include "The Enemy Within ," by Maryn McKenna (April 2011), "Fast Track to Vaccines," by Alan Aderem (May 2011) and "Arm in the Ice," by Colleen Fitzpatrick (December 2011). Her favorite Web piece authored for ScientificAmerican.com, so far, is "A Brief History of the Toilet," which uses a modicum of scatological humor to demonstrate the often overlooked importance of sanitation in emerging countries. Gorman graduated summa cum laude from Rice University, received a masters from Johns Hopkins University and, in 2008, was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study global health at Harvard University, followed by a three-month reporting trip to investigate the nursing crisis in Malawi.
Larry Greenemeier is an associate editor at Scientific American , responsible for reporting, writing, editing and assigning online articles that pertain to a number of different areas of technology: robotics, computers, medicine and environment, to name a few.…read more
Larry Greenemeier is an associate editor at Scientific American, responsible for reporting, writing, editing and assigning online articles that pertain to a number of different areas of technology: robotics, computers, medicine and environment, to name a few. He previously covered information technology (computers, microprocessors, IT security, IT outsourcing, and so on) for the trade magazine InformationWeek, from 1999 to 2007. He earned his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.
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