Elizabeth Quill

Elizabeth Quill

Editor, Special Projects

Elizabeth Quill is the special projects editor for Science News. She has overseen efforts including the SN 10: Scientists to Watch and the Year in Review, and is the editorial coordinator for the Science News in High Schools program, which puts Science News and related resources into the hands of teachers and students at more than 4,000 high schools across the United States and worldwide. She has edited special collections on topics ranging from consciousness to general relativity, and recently took a deep dive into the stories behind the periodic table of the elements. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York, Elizabeth studied journalism at Ithaca College and received her master’s degree in science writing from MIT. This is her second tour at Science News. She started her career here more than a decade ago and returned in 2015 after serving as the senior editor for science at Smithsonian magazine.

All Stories by Elizabeth Quill

  1. Looking back on science can refocus our attention

    Special projects editor Elizabeth Quill shares her thoughts on how the history of science can help us sharpen our focus on its future.

  2. neutron star illustration

    Einstein’s theory of general relativity unveiled a dynamic and bizarre cosmos

    Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity foretold space-bending beasts, cosmic shock waves and mysterious forces.

  3. Monika Schleier-Smith

    Monika Schleier-Smith leads elaborate quantum conversations

    Monika Schleier-Smith forces atoms to interact in ways that could offer insights into quantum computing, precision timekeeping and perhaps black holes.

  4. periodic table

    150 years on, the periodic table has more stories than it has elements

    The organized rows and columns of the Periodic Table hide a rich and twisting history.

  5. illustration of a fetus and placenta
    Health & Medicine

    Though often forgotten, the placenta has a huge role in baby’s health

    Recent research in mice suggests that a lot of early problems in the embryo may actually have roots in the placenta.

  6. Science & Society

    In play, kids and scientists take big mental leaps

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill explores the science behind children's play and how kids like to mimic the same things adults do.

  7. Science & Society

    Memory remains elusive, but the search continues

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill explores the history of memory and scientists' search for its physical trace in our brains.

  8. Science & Society

    We’ll be watching the skies, plus a lot more, this year

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill predicts 2018 could be a year full of important space discoveries.

  9. composite image of top science stories of 2017
    Science & Society

    2017 delivered humility, and proved our potential

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill reflects on some of the top scientific stories of 2017.

  10. Science & Society

    Would you opt to see the future or decipher the past?

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill wonders what it would be like if scientists could see into the past and the future.

  11. Science & Society

    In science, some big risks are worth the rewards

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill says scientists sometimes take risks that can lead to significant rewards and important discoveries.

  12. Animals

    Great praise for categories, and seeing beyond them

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses classification and some of the challenges of putting species in categorical boxes.