Eva Emerson is editor in chief of Science News magazine and its website. She joined the SN staff in December 2007 and, as managing editor, helped oversee redesign of the magazine and a relaunch of the website. She was promoted to editor in chief in 2012. A native of Los Angeles, Eva previously was associate director of the office of communications at the University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, where she edited the alumni magazine and wrote about science for campus publications. She has also held staff positions at the Magic School Bus television show, the Honolulu Weekly and the California Science Center. She is the coauthor of a book of classroom activities, Naturescope Kit: Habitats, published by the National Wildlife Federation and has freelanced for UPI, Discovery.com, ScienceNOW and Highlights for Children. She earned a B.A. in biological sciences and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Eva Emerson's Articles
- Editor's NoteScience News has reinvented itself many times over the decades, and while our latest incarnation pushes us into the digital future, our mission remains unchanged: to translate the latest advances of science into an easy-to-read form.
- Editor's Note
Next time you’re in a bad mood, don’t fight it. Put it to work, and thank evolution for giving you such a flexible cognitive toolbox.
- Editor's NoteOn October 2, we will launch a new and expanded Science News website. And starting with the October 19 issue, all print subscribers will have access to a new iPad version of Science News, at no additional charge. You’ll also notice a smart new look for the magazine.
- Reviews & Previews
Through an evolutionary lens, this book explores proposals — probable and improbable — that seek to explain the mysteries of human biology and behavior. Looking at questions such as what adaptive advantages, if any, human ancestors might have gotten out of developing the mental capacities for art, Barash provides no pat answers. Instead, he delights in all that remains unknown and unexplained.
- Reviews & Previews
Dismissing those who dismiss humans as “just apes,” this book examines all that makes the human brain — and thus human beings — different from their primate cousins. Language (and the brain parts that evolved to deal with it) is one such distinction. This guided tour of the mind and its quirks describes the roots of especially human abilities, from aesthetics to introspection, in the physical brain.
- NewsGovernment scientists link colony collapse disorder to mix of fungal and viral infections.
- NewsMicrobial communication signals partially block skin cells from closing a cut.
- NewsTeam finds differences related to metabolism and growth.
- NewsA new method has the potential to use genome science to improve cancer care.