A selection of my published features and news stories

Can sewage save us?
Those COVID tracking charts start here, with Biobot sewage analysis that knows we’re sick before we do

Boston Globe Magazine, February 4, 2022

The uneven rise of the healthy workplace
While office buildings are getting cleaner air, work environments whose shortcomings were exposed by the coronavirus are in danger of being left behind.

Boston Globe, April 15, 2021

Reversal of fortune?
Despite its complicated legacy, urban renewal’s success stories could help forge vibrant paths for Boston’s future.

ArchitectureBoston, February 6, 2020

Ed Logue and the birth of modern Boston
A new biography of the planner responsible for empowering Boston’s redevelopment agency challenges a long-held, simple narrative.

Boston Globe, October 18, 2019

Digital immortality
Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone.

Technology Review, October 18, 2018

Boston vs. the rising tide
Boston's history was shaped by its tides; with sea level rise, so will its future.

Boston Globe, April 28, 2018

Measuring up
Denied more lab space for her pioneering research, Nancy Hopkins whipped out her tape measure. What she found sparked a movement to address gender bias in science.

Technology Review, August 16, 2017

It's all too clear
Boston wants to fight climate change. So why is every new building made of glass?

Boston Globe, July 16, 2017

Probing psychoses
In understanding schizophrenia, genes have “an awful lot to say.”

Harvard Magazine, June 28, 2017

Sealed inside
Americans are exposed to more pollutants indoors than outdoors. One solution: Create buildings that breathe cleanly.

Politico, May 10, 2017

Infant brains reveal how the mind gets built
An ambitious new study put infants into an MRI machine to reveal a neural organization similar to that of adults. ***Featured in Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire, a collection of science writing from Quanta Magazine.

Quanta/The Atlantic, January 13, 2017

Where forests work harder
A new study shows that trees in the Boston region grow faster and store more carbon as biomass the closer they are to developed areas. ***Winner of the 2017 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism - News from the American Geophysical Union

CityLab, December 19, 2016

Living the dream of a net-zero house
The growing number of firms offering energy-efficient modular designs has made a high-performance residence accessible to more people.

Architect, August 29, 2016

Could pavement get smarter?
Critter crossings, sensitive bridges, and other ways to re-imagine good old asphalt.

Politico, July 23, 2015

The making of MIT's Collier Memorial
J. Meejin Yoon, head of MIT's architecture department, commemorates fallen campus police officer Sean Collier with vaults of solid granite.

Architect, May 22, 2015

Fixing the fix
Some surprising new weapons are in development to aid those battling addiction.

Robb Report Health & Wellness, December 29, 2014

Drug development: A complicated path
Only one drug is available to treat sickle-cell disease, but a wave of investment and industry attention is set to turn the tide.

Nature Outlook, November 13, 2014

The body electric
The bionic vision of Hugh Herr, from prosthetic limbs to movement enhanced with exoskeletons.

Technology Review, October 21, 2014

Was the human brain unleashed?
The human cortex is not just bigger than that of other mammals, it's wired differently. Why?

Harvard Magazine, September 1, 2014

Will cities of the future be built of wood?
Skyscrapers made of wood? It's not the material we associate with dense cities, but there's a movement to revisit this age-old material in new urban buildings.

Boston Globe, July 6, 2014

What am I thinking about you?
A Q&A with MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explores the uniquely social human brain.

Technology Review, July 1, 2014

Brain mapping
A new map, a decade in the works, shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before.

Technology Review, May 1, 2014

Climate change may mean more crime
What are the social costs of climate change? Provocative new studies suggest conflicts and crime may rise with temperatures.

Boston Globe, March 2, 2014

Dirty water is not forever
The Charles River overcomes its polluted reputation with its first public swim in decades.

Boston Globe, December 29, 2013

Latency: a sleeping giant
Most people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis never get disease, but predicting who will is turning out to be a complex problem.

Nature Outlook, October 10, 2013

Life's beginnings
Studying how life bloomed on Earth--and might emerge elsewhere.

Harvard Magazine, September 1, 2013

Re-designing product design
MIT's Neri Oxman wants designers not just to dream up new products but to change the way they’re made.

Technology Review, June 18, 2013

Greening health care
Health care leaders tackle longstanding environmental challenges.

Ensia, May 29, 2013

The too-smart city?
We’re already building the metropolis of the future—green, wired, even helpful. Now critics are starting to ask whether we’ll really want to live there.

Boston Globe, May 19, 2013

Research gems
Universities, health organizations and government groups are amassing huge biobanks to help scientists probe the origins and development of human disease.

Proto Magazine, March 1, 2013

The true faces of emotion
Scientists debate the universality of facial expressions and the emotions they show.

New Scientist, July 25, 2012

The traumatized brain
Researchers are trying to understand how to treat traumatic brain injuries.

Harvard Magazine, March 1, 2012

Indoor ecosystems
Scientists are beginning to study what lives in the environments where we spend most of our time.

Science, February 10, 2012

The olfactory
Regulations threaten the raw materials of perfumery; technology struggles to catch up.

Wired, November 1, 2011

A whiff of history
When smells vanish, we lose a whole dimension of the world. Now there’s a movement to change that.

Boston Globe, July 17, 2011