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. Science & Society

    Learning is a ubiquitous, mysterious phenomenon

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill talks about the science of learning and how our brains process new knowledge.

  2. Science & Society

    Patience is one virtue scientists must embrace

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses how being patient isn't always easy in scientific work.

  3. Animals

    A lot of life on planet Earth is awful and incredible

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses how the natural world feeds our sense of wonder.

  4. Earth

    Expert eavesdroppers occasionally catch a break

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the many ways we watch, listen and learn about science.

  5. Science & Society

    Dive deep to discover unexpected connections

    Readers often praise Science News for its brevity. But some ideas need more space, writes acting editor in chief Elizabeth Quill.

  6. Science & Society

    Launch your imagination with Science News stories

    You don’t need a novel or a movie to escape into what feels like another reality. Just flip through the pages of Science News. The stories will take you to other worlds, as well as inner, hidden ones.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Some topics call for science reporting from many angles

    There’s heartbreak in this issue. Science News investigates different facets of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States.

  8. Life

    Jumping genes are part of all that makes us human

    Ask 10 people what makes humans human and you’ll probably get 10 different answers — and then some.

  9. Science & Society

    March highlights questions about benefits of science

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the intersection of science and activism.

  10. Particle Physics

    Scientists find amazement in what’s most familiar

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the unexpected nature of science.

  11. Science & Society

    If there are curious young minds, science will survive

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the unending search for scientific knowledge.

  12. Neuroscience

    Lab tests aren’t the answer for every science question

    Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the value of observational science.