Amy Schleunes

Amy Schleunes

A former intern at The Scientist, Amy studied neurobiology at Cornell University and later earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She is a Los Angeles–based writer, editor, and communications strategist who collaborates on nonfiction books for Harper Collins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and also teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University CTY. Her favorite projects involve sharing the insights of science and medicine.

Articles by Amy Schleunes
Janelle Ayres Explores the Ways in Which Animals Tolerate Disease
Janelle Ayres Explores the Ways in Which Animals Tolerate Disease
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
The Salk Institute researcher was one of the first to show that killing a pathogen isn’t the only way to survive an infection.
A Citizen Scientist Makes Her Mark in Microbiome Research
A Citizen Scientist Makes Her Mark in Microbiome Research
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
The BioCollective, a company that transforms whole stool samples into microbial metadata, is developing the US’s first national microbiome reference material.
Gut Microbiome Composition Linked to Human Behavior
Gut Microbiome Composition Linked to Human Behavior
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
A study uncovers connections between the bacteria in our guts and our social lives.
Students Stand Up for Sub-Contracted Workers Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Students Stand Up for Sub-Contracted Workers Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Amy Schleunes | May 1, 2020
At universities across the US, student-led efforts to achieve protection for custodial, food service, and other vendors’ employees have been met with mixed levels of success.
Cannabis Increases Propensity for False Memories
Cannabis Increases Propensity for False Memories
Amy Schleunes | May 1, 2020
Virtual reality experiments reveal that the popular drug may make the brain more open to misremembering.
Insect Study Reveals Mixed Bag of Population Trends
Insect Study Reveals Mixed Bag of Population Trends
Amy Schleunes | Apr 26, 2020
Terrestrial insect populations decreased while freshwater populations increased, and though the results are more nuanced than those of previous observations of widespread decline, experts say they are cause for concern.
Neurobiologist and Former Stanford President Donald Kennedy Dies
Neurobiologist and Former Stanford President Donald Kennedy Dies
Amy Schleunes | Apr 23, 2020
Kennedy, who succumbed to COVID-19, served as commissioner of the FDA and editor-in-chief of Science, and is credited with helping to transform Stanford into a top research university.
Furloughs and Pay Cuts Announced for U of Arizona Employees
Furloughs and Pay Cuts Announced for U of Arizona Employees
Amy Schleunes | Apr 20, 2020
The measures are an attempt to mitigate an “extreme financial crisis” during the COVID-19 pandemic, the university says.
Image of the Day: Viral Transport Rescue
Image of the Day: Viral Transport Rescue
Amy Schleunes | Apr 20, 2020
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is supplying local hospitals and the state with key ingredients needed for COVID-19 testing.
N95 Respirators Can Be Decontaminated from SARS-CoV-2
N95 Respirators Can Be Decontaminated from SARS-CoV-2
Amy Schleunes | Apr 19, 2020
Vaporized hydrogen peroxide is the most effective decontamination method for masks that had been exposed to the coronavirus in a recent study.