If you like Ars’s science coverage, you’ve no doubt been thrilled to have Eric Berger and Beth Mole join the staff here. If you’ve had a hard time imagining things could get better, get ready to stretch your imagination: starting this week, we’re happy to welcome Annalee Newitz to the Ars staff!
Annalee’s official title will be Tech Culture Editor, which gives her broad responsibility when it comes to what she writes about. Technology, culture and science have a complicated relationship, each having a profound impact on the others. Understanding how that influence flows and how we can study and possibly shape it is a major challenge.
Fortunately, it’s a challenge that Annalee is phenomenally well equipped for. After receiving her PhD in English and American Studies (from the best graduate institution in the world, I might add), she received a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship that enabled her to study at MIT. She has been an analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and has published in places ranging from The Smithsonian Magazine until Popular science.
She wrote a book Scatter, adapt and remember, which looks at past mass extinctions and human culture to try and define how we might make it the next time Earth tries to wipe out most of the life on it. And she’s probably the only Ars collaborator to have appeared on a panel with a Nobel laureate.
Perhaps most relevant to here, she helped find io9, a website that deftly combines solid science reporting with quick look at the latest happenings in the world of sci-fi movies and TV. It went so well that she was promoted to editor-in-chief of Gizmodo to merge the two sites. That’s the job she left to come here to Ars, and we’re thrilled to have her.
Given her background, it’s safe to assume you’ll see Annalee’s byline in our culture (The Multiverse), policy (Law and Disorder), and science (Scientific Method) sections. Wherever it appears, I hope you join me in welcoming her.