Elizabeth Quill

Elizabeth Quill

Executive Editor

Elizabeth Quill is the executive 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. Not just a pleasant sound

    When people use music to share stories, comfort peers or worship gods, it takes on new meaning. Music’s roles vary depending on time and place.  Bonding: Battle hymns, national anthems and alma maters unite people for a common cause and make them feel that they are a part of something larger. Marching bands (shown), for […]

  2. Evidence of ancient roots

    Though early hominids may have made sweet sounds by banging sticks and stones together, the oldest distinguishable instrument dates to 40,000 years ago.  A flute made from vulture bone (shown) and others made from mammoth ivory have been found in Hohle Fels cave near Ulm, Germany, and date from 35,000 to 40,000 years ago. Holes […]

  3. A mind for music

    Infancy’s Symphony | Photo by Carey Wolinsky Read features from the special edition Articles in A mind for music. | Go Download a PDF of the special edition Exclusive for Science News subscribers.Download Download PDF | Subscribe There are very few activities for which your birthday suit and a three-piece suit are equally appropriate attire. […]

  4. Astronomy

    Can you hear me now?

    Astronomers reconsider how extraterrestrials could make contact.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Healthy teeth, healthy people

    Talk leaves journalists flossing for details on oral health.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Bullies’ brains empathize, but with a twist

    Brain imaging studies show teens with aggressive conduct disorder display greater brain activity while viewing video of others in pain.

  7. Neuroscience

    It’s written all over your face

    To potential mates, your mug may reveal more than you think.

  8. Math

    The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    Leonard Mlodinow, Pantheon Books, 2008, 272 p., $24.95.

  9. Life

    BOOK REVIEW | Amazon Expeditions: My Quest for the Ice-Age Equator

    Review by Elizabeth Quill.

  10. Health & Medicine

    BOOK REVIEW | Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life

    Review by Elizabeth Quill.