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Jonathan Lambert

2018 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow

Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior
Fellowship Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Fellowship Site: Dallas Morning News

I’m drawn to discovering and sharing the remarkable stories that science reveals. As a PhD student at Cornell University, I’m uncovering the story of how a group of Hawaiian Laupala crickets form new species at a remarkable rate, diversifying into 38 different species with similar ecology, but very different songs - and an elaborate, day-long (!) mating ritual. As an associate producer for Brains On, a science podcast for kids (and curious adults!) I’ve been telling stories inspired by questions from kid listeners. Their questions stem from an intense curiosity about the world, and in grappling with them I produced stories ranging from how scientists discovered plate tectonics to investigating the termite-killing farts of the beaded lacewing. I’m excited to bring this same curiosity-driven reporting to the Dallas Morning News this summer as a AAAS fellow.

Fellowship publications  at Dallas Morning News

6/15/2018          What makes us sleepy? A new UT Southwestern study points to the answer

6/22/2018          Perot Museum's 'Ultimate Dinosaurs' exhibit is a blast from the past

6/28/2018          Why is the universe full of matter? UT-Arlington physicist helps global team get closer to an answer

7/03/2018          Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas now offers HIV-prevention drugs, hormone therapy

7/07/2018          UT-Dallas scientists make textures more tangible with electronic whiskers

7/17/2018          Can neuroscience stop the opioid epidemic? Curious Texas investigates

7/19/2018          Cold comfort? Roasting summer temperatures can make your gasoline go farther

7/24/2018          Hotter months harm mental health and increase suicides, study finds

8/16/2018          How UT-Dallas researchers are changing injured brains for the better

8/24/2018          Different, but still whole: A young scientist reflects on his journey back from a brain injury