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Press Release January 08, 2014

Scientific American appoints Curtis Brainard as Blogs Editor

Scientific American is delighted to announce the appointment of Blogs Editor Curtis Brainard. In this role, Brainard will manage and further develop the Scientific American Blog Network. Brainard will serve as moderator for the community, encourage discussion and facilitate the exchange of ideas with both the bloggers and Scientific American readers.

“Science blogs are a vital part of the modern media industry, and it’s an honor to be joining an organization that has done so much to promote them,” says Brainard. “I look forward to helping Scientific American make its blogging community stronger and more engaging than ever.”

“Curtis is a thoughtful and well respected member of the science writing community,” says Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina. “We look forward to working with him to expand our community interactions.”

Prior to joining Scientific American, Brainard was a staff writer at Columbia Journalism Review where he covered science, environment, and medical news. In 2008, he launched The Observatory, Columbia Journalism Review’s first fulltime department dedicated to critically analyzing science coverage in the media as well as the opportunities and challenges facing science journalists.

Brainard is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists. In 2013, he was elected to serve on the executive board of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Brainard has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker. He 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.

Scientific American launched the Blog Network in 2011. 

The Scientific American blog network supports Scientific American’s mission by providing insightful points of view and encouraging community discussion on the advancement of science and technology and its relationship with issues of major social relevance. Encompassing a diverse set of topics that address reader interests and needs, the lively network builds Scientific American’s audience and strengthens its engagement with its website visitors. It invites the community to contemplate and contribute to the growing field of science. 

About Scientific American

Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science and technology in the general media. Together with and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches more than nine million readers. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany. Scientific American is published by Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.


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