Kerry Grens

Kerry Grens

As news director, Kerry assigns, edits, and sometimes reports breaking news and in-depth features for the website. She also manages the online news blog and opinion column. Before joining The Scientist in 2013, she was a stringer for Reuters Health, the senior health and science reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia, and the health and science reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio. Kerry got her start in journalism as a AAAS Mass Media fellow at KUNC in Colorado. She has a master’s in biological sciences from Stanford University and a biology degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Articles by Kerry Grens
Experimental Blood Test Could Flag Alzheimer’s
Experimental Blood Test Could Flag Alzheimer’s
Kerry Grens | Jul 29, 2020
New studies show that elevated levels of a form of tau called p-tau217 can accurately distinguish Alzheimer’s disease from other forms of dementia, and perhaps even predict it.
Leader of Sleep Science William Dement Dies
Leader of Sleep Science William Dement Dies
Kerry Grens | Jun 24, 2020
The Stanford University researcher charted the human sleep cycle and characterized numerous sleep disorders.
First US Outbreak of COVID-19 Seeded in Mid-February: Preprint
First US Outbreak of COVID-19 Seeded in Mid-February: Preprint
Kerry Grens | May 27, 2020
A modeling study counters initial interpretations that the cluster began with someone who flew to Seattle in mid-January.
Droplets from Speech Can Float in Air for Eight Minutes: Study
Droplets from Speech Can Float in Air for Eight Minutes: Study
Kerry Grens | May 15, 2020
The experiments did not involve SARS-CoV-2, but researchers say the results support precautions to avoid possibly spreading COVID-19 by talking.
Computational Biologist Bing Liu Dies in Suspected Murder
Computational Biologist Bing Liu Dies in Suspected Murder
Kerry Grens | May 7, 2020
The University of Pittsburgh scientist, who was studying SARS-CoV-2, was shot to death in his home.
Ichthyologist Jack Randall Dies
Ichthyologist Jack Randall Dies
Kerry Grens | May 7, 2020
The taxonomist described more than 800 species of fish.
How Mice Forget to Be Afraid
How Mice Forget to Be Afraid
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2020
The animals develop a new memory that overrides the fearful one by inhibiting the cells that encode the original memory.
Strokes Reported Among Some Middle-Aged COVID-19 Patients
Strokes Reported Among Some Middle-Aged COVID-19 Patients
Kerry Grens | Apr 27, 2020
Early reports from hospitals document a spike in large vessel blockages, especially among people in their 30s and 40s who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Journal Publisher Concerned over Hydroxychloroquine Study
Journal Publisher Concerned over Hydroxychloroquine Study
Kerry Grens | Apr 9, 2020
The report by Didier Raoult and colleagues that examined the use of the anti-malarial drug in a small number of COVID-19 patients receives criticism from the very society that published it.
FDA Gives Abbott Emergency Use of Five-Minute Coronavirus Test
FDA Gives Abbott Emergency Use of Five-Minute Coronavirus Test
Kerry Grens | Mar 30, 2020
The machine can be run in doctor’s offices and other point-of-care settings to give rapid results.