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Carolyn Beans - Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow 2016



Carolyn Beans
University of Virginia, Biology
Fellowship Sponsor:  American Society of Plant Biologists
Fellowship Site: National Public Radio


I am a DC-based science writer and editor specializing in ecology, evolution and biomedicine. I earned a PhD in biology from the University of Virginia and a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University. My dissertation showed that an invasive jewelweed plant alters natural selection on a closely related native species. I am currently a AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow at National Public Radio. I write primarily for the NPR blogs Shots and The Salt. My writing has also appeared in Nature, New Scientist, American Scientist, and other outlets. 

Published @NPR during Fellowship

6/14/2016          What Does It Take To Get A Drug Banned For Enhancing Athletes' Performance?

6/17/2016          Demystifying Terroir: Maybe It's The Microbes Making Magic In Your Wine

6/22/2016          Meet Hing: The Secret-Weapon Spice Of Indian Cuisine

6/23/2016          Bad News For Kids Who Don't Like Flu Shots

6/27/2016          Water Break: Is Your Child Drinking Enough Fluids This Summer?

6/28/2016          Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

7/05/2016          What Puts The Waddle In The Walk Of Moms-To-Be?

7/11/2016          Slice, Dice, Chop Or Julienne: Does The Cut Change The Flavor?

7/13/2016          What's For Dinner? 10 Strategies To Help Busy Parents Get Food On The Table

7/14/2016          Early Bedtime For Preschoolers Might Help Reduce Obesity Risk Later

7/20/2016          Taking The Battle Against Lyme Disease Ticks To The Backyard

7/21/2016          Turning Down The Background Noise Could Help Toddlers Learn

7/27/2016          'Nose-y' Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection

8/04/2016          This Modern Meadery is Making Honey Wine Hip — With Hops

8/04/2016          Has My Child Been Exposed To Lead? When And How To Test

8/08/2016          Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing 

8/09/2016          How The Microbes Inside Us Went From Enemies To Purported Superhealers

8/10/2016          Water Ice, Philly's Classic Summer Cooler, Gets Hot Across The Country

8/13/2016          Philly Artist Tastes The Rainbow And Saves The Wrappers

8/13/2016          USA Swimmig Wants More Diversity In The Pool

8/18/2016          Better Brugers, More Healthful Hot Dogs: Could A Pinch of Seaweed Be The Answer?