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
Timothy Ray Brown, First Person to Be Cured of HIV, Dies
Timothy Ray Brown, First Person to Be Cured of HIV, Dies
Kerry Grens | Sep 30, 2020
The AIDS activist, also known as the Berlin patient, represented optimism that scientists could find a way to beat HIV.
Campuses, Labs Close in Advance of Hurricane Laura
Campuses, Labs Close in Advance of Hurricane Laura
Kerry Grens | Aug 26, 2020
The category 4 storm made landfall on the Gulf Coast early this morning. Evacuation orders have students heading for safety.
Neurobiologist Dave Schubert Dies
Neurobiologist Dave Schubert Dies
Kerry Grens | Aug 24, 2020
The Salk professor developed the institute’s first neurobiology lab and used it to develop cell lines, describe amyloid β toxicity, and screen for compounds that protect against neurodegeneration.
Scientists Oppose NSF’s New Graduate Fellowship Priority
Scientists Oppose NSF’s New Graduate Fellowship Priority
Kerry Grens | Aug 7, 2020
More than 3,000 researchers have signed on to a petition that expresses concern over the agency’s 2021 application for the funding program, which emphasizes three areas of computational science and might further disadvantage underrepresented groups.
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.