Philip Yam is the managing editor, online, for Scientific American. He contributed a chapter to NASW’s A Field Guide for Science Writers and wrote a well-received book on prions called The Pathological Protein. He is also the New York chapter president of the Asian American Journalists Association.
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Emma Marris is a freelance environmental writer for outlets including Nature, Discover, The New York Times, National Geographic, and Slate. In 2011, she published her first book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. She lives with her husband and children in Oregon.
Amanda Gefter is a freelance physics writer, a consultant for New Scientist, and the author of Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn (Bantam, 2014). She was a 2012–13 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ben Lillie is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He is the cofounder and director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science.
Tim De Chant is the senior digital editor for NOVA and editor of NOVA Next. He produces the blog Per Square Mile and has written for Wired, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. Tim is also a lecturer at MIT in the Graduate Program in Science Writing.
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