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Author Q&A


FALL 2020

September 24, 2020

Debora MacKenzie

COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One
About Debora

Debora MacKenzie is Canadian, and did graduate research in toxicology and electrophysiology in Canada and the US before moving to Europe and switching to science writing. She reported for New Scientist magazine from 1984 until recently, focusing mainly on infectious disease, global resources, food, fisheries, arms control, and the science behind complex social issues. Her first book, “Covid-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One”, was written from lockdown in eight weeks between March and May 2020, and draws on decades of talking to scientists and UN experts who predicted just such a pandemic, tried in vain to prevent it, and warn that it will not be the last.

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October 22, 2020

Emily Anthes

The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness
About Emily

Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her new book, The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness, was published in June. She is also the author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, which was longlisted for the PEN/E.O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Emily’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, and elsewhere. Her magazine features have won several awards, including the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the NASW Science in Society Journalism Award. Emily has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale, where she also studied creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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November 12, 2020

Emily Willingham, PhD

PHALLACY: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis
About Emily

Emily Willingham is a journalist and science writer who earned a PhD in biology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in urology, both after taking a bachelor's degree in English literature. She is the author of PHALLACY: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis (Penguin Random House) and of THE TAILORED BRAIN (publishing spring 2020) and coauthor of The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child's First Four Years. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Aeon, Undark, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other outlets. She is a regular contributor to Scientific American. 

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