A recent graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Jenny Marder is freelance journalist from Los Angeles whose writing has earned awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the California Newspaper Publisher's Association. From 2004 to 2006, Marder covered local politics and started a health beat at the Long Beach Press-Telegram in California. Here, she writes about Russell Romeo, a researcher who found that stress has a very different neuroendocrine effect on adolescent versus adult rats. Stress in adolescent rats is generally "not an area that has been terribly well-researched," she says. "Adolescence is a time of extreme vulnerability, especially in the brain."

András Aszódi works on epigenome informatics at the Institute for Molecular Pathology in Vienna. After completing a PhD in chemistry at the University of Budapest in 1991, Aszódi researched protein structure at the National Institute for Medical...

As professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, Nejat Düzgünes studies HIV therapy and gene therapy of oral cancer. He also edits books, volunteers as associate editor of the Journal of Bionanoscience , and teaches medical microbiology to dental students. Here, he proposes measures to improve the way NIH funds research, such as guaranteeing grants for established and promising young scientists, and placing a flat figure on indirect costs. "The basic thing is that the NIH hasn't been willing to change, despite all these problems, for years. And now's the time for change," he says.

Author of Science Whiz: How One Student Used Science to Get into College and Win $100,000 in Scholarships (and You Can Too!) (coming out this month), Jerry Guo is a junior in economics at Yale University and a freelance writer who regularly reports on wildlife conservation for Science . For our May issue, Guo traveled to China and reported on panda tracking and reforestation for the Notebooks section. In this article, he writes about an archaeological summer program on Easter Island in the South Pacific, where college students dig for evidence that rats helped decimate the island's forests. "It's really cool that some of the previous work [program leaders] published is done by college students, who were involved in the digging and excavations," Guo says.

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