The Science section is produced by graduate students in the Science Journalism program at Boston University.

Anna Aaronson studied English and neuroscience at Haverford College, then spent a year researching neurodegenerative diseases before coming to Boston University. She enjoys writing about medicine, the brain, anthropology, and intersections between science and society. When she’s not writing, Anna can be found napping at odd hours, reading postmodern novels, and consuming large amounts of coffee.   

Abbey Bigler fulfills her dream of being Sherlock Holmes by sniffing out under-reported science stories. She graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in English and minors in biology and communications. Abbey has interned at SLACK, Inc., a medical publisher, writing news articles for their website and at the Stroud Water Research Center writing for their newsletter and creating social media content. She is fascinated by medical and biological research, particularly genetics, and hopes to work in communications for a large university or hospital. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry, playing strategy games, and hiking.

Abigail Eisenstadt studied English and history of science at Johns Hopkins University. In the past, she was National Association of Science Writer’s Travel Fellow and interned at the University of Florida College of Engineering’s communications office. Now, she likes covering stories that explore the complicated interactions between science and public policy. In her free time, she listens to crime podcasts, bakes, and flees from geese while walking along the Charles River. Photo by Steven Sosa.

Pratibha Gopalakrishna graduated from University of Mysore, India, with a masters in biochemistry. She decided to pursue her love for science by writing about it rather than researching. She enjoys writing about health, nutrition and the environment. In her spare time, she loves journaling, singing (rather loudly) and collecting memorabilia for her non-existent scrapbook. Photo by Vishruti Vaikunth.

Daniel Merino cut his scientific teeth dodging angry elephant seals and snorkeling with salmon on the California coast. He now chases surf around New England and ramen spots around Boston when he isn’t lost in a sci-fi novel or a deep dive Google session. He is cautiously optimistic that good ethics, good science, and some futuristic technology can save the world and is a little bit mad that we don’t have hoverboards yet. 

Madeleine O’Keefe graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a degree in astronomy. She is a proud Chicagoan and therefore has strong opinions about Cartesian grid street plans, deep dish pizza, and what constitutes a “windy city.” Other than writing about particle physics and astronomy, Madeleine enjoys buying leggings, making omelets, and listening to podcasts. Photo by Mark Lopez / Argonne National Lab.