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Allison Bohac

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Allison Bohac is the assistant editor at Science News, which means she does a little bit of everything – fact checking and research, writing, news editing, magazine and website production and whatever other projects come her way. She spent her undergraduate years wading through Pennsylvania mountain streams to catch fish and frogs, which earned her a bachelor’s degree in zoology. After two years of managing aquatic systems for the laboratories at the National Institutes of Health, she went back to school for a master’s in science writing. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2011, and joined the Science News staff a few months later. On the weekends, though, she still prefers to spend her time in the woods as a volunteer at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian, Md.

Allison Bohac's Articles

  • Science Visualized

    Bladderwort opens wide

    Under a microscope, the tiny trap of a carnivorous plant becomes an impressive gaping maw.
  • Reviews & Previews

    Behind the Shock Machine

    In 1963, Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram reported an appalling discovery: 65 percent of volunteers would deliver electrical shocks to another person at levels they believed were lethal if an experimenter asked them to. Ordinary people, it seemed, could easily be convinced to do monstrous things by authority figures.

    The famous obedience experiment resonated in postwar America, where the trials of Nazi officers were fresh in the public mind. Milgram’s work lent scientific credibility to fears about the human capacity for cruelty, says science writer Perry.

  • Reviews & Previews

    Brilliant Blunders

    Even brilliant scientists have bad days. Consider chemist Linus Pauling, who described the alpha helix structure of proteins in 1951. When he attempted to do the same for DNA, however, he botched it — badly. Among other problems, he flubbed the basic chemistry, proposing a structure for deoxyribonucleic acid that wasn’t an acid.

    When asked about Pauling’s faulty DNA model, one of his contemporaries commented, “You could not have written a fictional novel in which Linus would have made an error like this.”

  • People

    Blogger busts dinosaur myths

    For Brian Switek, the arrival of warm weather means it’s time to grab a case of beer, jump in the car and head out for the first dinosaur dig of the season. As a blogger who writes mainly about dinosaurs, he’ll spend days at a time camped out with paleontologists in America’s premier dino-hunting territory.