Kelsey Harper is a senior at Johns Hopkins University who expects to graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in chemistry. She has written for the JHU Newsletter and worked as a science writing intern at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. She aspires to be a full-time science communicator, incorporating photojournalism and videography into her work.
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With Science Under Attack, Should Journalists Enter the Fray? A “House of Commons” DebateBy Kelsey Harper SAN FRANCISCO—“There’s no sitting on the sidelines today,” announces German science journalist Kai Kupferschmidt as conference attendees shuffle into the room with matching looks of vague confusion. He herds them to the front of the room, where two groups of chairs face each other. The seats are separated by an aisle 3.96... Read More
The Good, the Bad, and the Unclear: Talking Gene Editing with Jennifer DoudnaBy Kelsey Harper SAN FRANCISCO—She wasn’t trying to create a gene-editing tool that would change the world. Jennifer Doudna was just curious—and she really liked RNA. She hadn’t always loved it, though. Scientists initially thought RNA, DNA’s single-stranded sibling, was a “throwaway molecule,” which sounded to Doudna “like the most boring molecule imaginable.” But when... Read More