Stuart Blackman earned his PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Edinburgh before realizing his scientific interests were too wide for a detailed-oriented career in research. He has been working as a science writer ever since. On page 28, Blackman examines the danger when scientists over-promise results. “I’ve long been interested in the interface between science and politics,” says Blackman. “Promises and predictions are a great arena for exploring these tensions.” Blackman’s work has been published in the Financial Times and several BBC magazines and radio programs. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and plays guitar and piano in his free time.
A presentation at an international biology meeting in 1993 caused cancer immunologist Mark Smyth to stumble upon an intriguing new way of looking at an old question: “Do cells of the immune system detect and kill cancerous cells?” Smyth and his colleague, Joe Trapani, learned about a...
Katherine Bagley loves the outdoors. When she’s not hiking or taking photos of nature, she is probably writing about it. Previously an intern at Audubon, Bagley now resides at The Scientist. “I really admire the work here,” says Bagley, the magazine’s new editorial intern. “The reporters here are not afraid to tackle controversial issues in science.” She holds a Masters in Earth and Environmental Science and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. Her time spent living, researching, and reporting throughout Africa helped develop her passion for exploring environmental, health, and political issues in developing countries. Her freelance work has been published in Audubon, Columbia Journalism Review, Swahili Coast Magazine, and NH Wildlife Journal.
Philadelphia-based illustrator and designer Jude Buffum depicts the struggle between the immune system and growth of cancer using his signature videogame style on page 36. A graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Buffum has taught typography, design and illustration at both his alma mater and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Previously with Headcase Design, he now operates under the studio name Jude Buffum Illustration + Design. His unique style has been featured in National Geographic, Wired, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and Time. Buffum is a self-proclaimed karaoke junkie and owner of a Boston Terrier (“the cliché illustrator’s dog”) named Huxley.