ABOUT THIS BLOG:
One of the few certainties in journalism is that no word-count or page design, no matter how generous or lovely, will accommodate the fruits of even a month’s-worth of digging and poking, let alone several months’ worth. You return from a trip and details tumble out of your bag on bits of torn paper; anecdotes trail off of pages onto the cardboard backs of notebooks; stray facts take root in the recesses, where they breed entirely separate stories. Stories always breed more stories.
Science & Story is an experiment in keeping track of those tangents. It’s a home for the backs-and-sides to published features, as well as: notes and commentary on a range of topics (poverty, global health, mental illness, science-in-the-news), some halting attempts at fiction, book reports, slide shows, and snippets of narrative from a strange and shifting orbit that currently includes research laboratories, Roma settlements, Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and the mean streets of New Jersey.
ABOUT ITS AUTHOR:
Science and Story is the brainchild and favorite neglected hobby of Jeneen Interlandi, a science journalist who writes for several national publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Pacific Standard, Scientific American and (sometime this year) The Atavist. Before freelancing, Jeneen spent four years as a cub reporter at Newsweek (back when it was still part of the Washington Post Company). She also co-authored an environmental science textbook for college students, which was published by WH Freeman and is now going into its third edition.
In March of 2016, Jeneen signed on as Lead Investigative Health Reporter at Consumer Reports, where she now covers infectious diseases, medical devices, and all manner of snake oil.
In her previous life, Jeneen was a scientist-dilletante. She studied climate change in the Arctic Circle; epigenetics in a Harvard immunology lab; and behavioral conditioning in alcohol-addicted rats. She also formulated vaccines in a pharmaceutical lab. She holds a B.A. in molecular biology and biochemistry (from Rutgers University) and an M.A. in environmental science and M.S. in journalism (both from Columbia University). She was a 2013 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where she focused on global health and the history of medicine, and a 2014 Pulitzer Traveling grantee, for which she spent five weeks reporting from within the Hungarian Roma community.
Jeneen was born in Medellin, Colombia, adopted by Sicilian-Americans, and raised in Central New Jersey. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and a cat who was originally named Isis but is now called Tiny.
She will try not to post too many cat pictures.