Deborah Balthazar

Deborah Balthazar

Science writing intern, Fall 2022

Deborah Balthazar is the Fall 2022 science writing intern at Science News. She has previously worked as a hyperlocal government reporter and a substitute science teacher. She holds a B.A. in biology with minors in English and chemistry from Caldwell University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in science journalism from New York University.

All Stories by Deborah Balthazar

  1. An elephant seen behind an electric fence

    A new book asks: What makes humans call some animals pests?

    In an interview with Science News, science journalist Bethany Brookshire discusses her new book, Pests, and why humans vilify certain animals.

  2. A white rat inside a clear case with a one red dot on its tail and three colored dots in a straight line on its head

    Rats can bop their heads to the beat

    Rats’ rhythmic response to human music doesn’t mean they like to dance, but it may shed light on how brains evolved to perceive rhythm.

  3. Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of the fungus Aspergillus nidulans shows fungal growths that look like broccoli clusters

    How fungi make potent toxins that can contaminate food

    Genetically engineering Aspergillus fungi to delete certain proteins stops the production of mycotoxins that can be dangerous to human health.

  4. photo of a woman holding and trying to settle a crying baby

    How to get a crying baby to sleep, according to science

    Science has come up with a recipe for lulling a crying baby to sleep: Carry them for five minutes, sit for at least five more and then lay them down.