September 2011

Spotlight on Emily Anthes ’06


In September, the Graduate Program in Science Writing spoke with Emily Anthes ’06 about her life and work since graduation. Emily is a freelancer, living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Scientific American Mind, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, Discover, New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Seed and more. She is the author of The Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind and writes the blog Wonderland for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Blogs.  Her website is



GPSW: How do you find living and working in New York City, the Media Hub of the Universe?
Emily: It’s great. I always thought that I wasn’t the “New York Type,” but I’ve discovered, of course, that there is no one “New York Experience.” You can shape it to fit who you are. I live in Brooklyn, where I bump into writers (of all sorts) at every turn. Writing can be a lonely enterprise, but there are so many other writers in the city—and even in my neighborhood—that it creates a real sense of community.
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Spotlight on Stephen Ornes, ’06

In August, GPSW chatted with alumnus Stephen Ornes, Class of 2006, about his life and work since graduation.  Steve’s writing has appeared in CR Magazine, NewScientist, Discover, onEarth, and Science News for Kids, and in 2010 he was given an award by the American Association of Healthcare Journalists.  His thesis, “If it Quacks Like a Sphere,” described Grigori Perelman’s work on the Poincaré Conjecture. His website is




GPSW: Where do you live and do you like it there?

Steve: I’ve lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for about two years. I do like it here, and I’m hoping that one day my children will cut an album on Music Row. The city isn’t a science powerhouse, like Cambridge, but there are interesting things happening and stories worth telling in this part of the country. Nashville is a city with personality, and I like that.

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