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Stephen Ornes writes about math, physics, space, and cancer research from an office shed in his backyard in Nashville, Tennessee. He's written about tilting exoplanets for Discover, the mathematics of pizza slicing for New Scientist, and tumor banking for CR (in work recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists). "Interrupting Cancer's Travel Plans," an article published in Cancer Today in the Spring 2012 issue, won an ASJA award in the Trade category. His first book was a young adult biography of mathematician Sophie Germain, and he teaches a science communication class at Vanderbilt University.

2 responses to “Save the dates”

  1. Mariel Mohns

    Does anyone have any insight on the online science writing program (MA or certificate) at Johns Hopkins? I’m interested in pursuing a degree, but can’t relocate now, so this program looks appealing to me. I haven’t been able to find much feedback on it since they went fully online.

  2. Sarah Webb


    Unfortunately Johns Hopkins closed their science writing program in 2013. More details here: But I just realized you asked about an online program. I didn’t know it existed.

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