Jennifer has been a staff writer for Science since 2002, covering an eclectic mix of stories in biomedical and clinical research, scientific misconduct, and ethics. She especially enjoys stories that examine risk in medicine and those that explore tensions in the scientific community. Since 2005, four of her stories have been anthologized in the Best American Science Writing series.

Jennifer attended Harvard University, where she planned to steer clear of science altogether. However, in an effort to get some of her distribution requirements out of the way early, she took a history of astronomy class during her freshman year and was hooked. She went on to major in the history of science, and still loves hearing how new discoveries build on those from long ago.

Jennifer grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.

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  • 23 Oct 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--In the latest effort to boost the numbers of underrepresented populations in science, President Clinton signed a bill last week that calls for a new commission that will recommend ways to remedy the imbalance.

  • 8 Oct 1998

    By plying rats with cocaine, researchers have inched closer to defining the boundary between drug use and addiction.

  • 7 Oct 1998

    Scientists have shown that the human brain is engaged by words and numbers flashed so fast that they don't have time to register in a person's consciousness.

  • 1 Oct 1998

    With activities ranging from a puppet show to a picnic to an inflatable space lab, NASA celebrated its 40th birthday today at centers across the country.

  • 30 Sep 1998

    The Cold War may have ended several years ago, but it left behind some dangerous unfinished business: 3000 nuclear waste sites in the United States alone.

  • 21 Sep 1998

    Six biologists will each take home $10,000 and a coveted Albert Lasker Medical Research Award for their work on cell division and the genetic basis of cancer. The prizes, announced today, will be handed out in a ceremony on Friday in New York City.

  • 16 Sep 1998

    The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), best known for picking elite researchers and providing them with generous funding, announced today that it is making a huge investment in the next generation of potential Hughes investigators. It will provide the largest grant in U.S.

  • 8 Sep 1998

    Some strains of bacteria and yeast contain dozens of genes identical to those found in much simpler life-forms, suggesting the genes are worth hanging on to.

  • 28 Aug 1998

    The number of African-Americans majoring in engineering at U.S.

  • 17 Aug 1998

    A court today ruled unconstitutional the forced collection of blood samples from convicted criminals for a DNA bank. The ruling could have widespread implications, as all 50 states have legislation allowing for similar banks and nearly 40 are actively banking DNA from prisoners and parolees.