Selected Clips



Venture Philanthropy: A New Driver for ResearchProto, Summer 2013.

Disease foundations that use a venture capital model get a stake in the breakthroughs they fund. Not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.


dana brain Unlocking the Mystery of ConsciousnessDana Foundation, February 2013.

How research into the unconscious state induced by anesthesia is yielding clues to the very nature of consciousness itself.


drugsthumbDesigner DrugsProto, Summer 2012.

“Large molecule” therapies, tailored to home in on otherwise untreatable ills, have become medicine’s hottest commodity.


dana brainOn the Front Lines of ALS ResearchDana Foundation, September 2012.

Research into the causes of, and potential treatments for, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been agonizingly slow for patients and their families. And the reason? It’s a complicated disease that may have multiple pathways along which it develops. The newest research sheds some light on why ALS has remained such an elusive puzzle, and continues to give hope to those on the front lines.


optigeneticsA Light Bulb Moment in the BrainMillerMcCune, September 12, 2011.

The new science of optogenetics uses genetic manipulation and light-activated proteins from algae and uses pulses of light to influence neural activity with unprecedented precision–and serious potential for neuroscience.


tbi_thumbnail TBI: The Injured BrainProto, Summer 2011.

Traumatic brain injury affects 1.7 million Americans every year–from causes as diverse as car accidents, falls, sports injuries, and gunshot wounds. Scientists are only beginning to understand the scope of its damage and the length of recovery, and how best to help those who suffer from this life-altering disease.


gliathumbnail Glia’s Hidden TalentsProto, Spring 2011.

Misundersto od and underappreciated since the dawn of neuroscience, glia–the gray matter brain cells that make up the bulk of the brain–are being rediscovered. They are in key partnerships with neurons; fundamental to learning, memory and higher cognition; and implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, chronic pain, and spinal cord injury.


gutflorathumbnail Gut Microbiota: Our Native FloraProto, Summer 2010.

Over 100 trillion tiny beings reside within our bodies: bacteria that help us digest our food, stimulate our immune system, and protect us from more-virulent bugs. But we’re killing them off en masse. What are the consequences?


ipad_thumbnail iPad App ‘Proloquo2Go’ Gives the Gift of a VoiceMillerMcCune, September 10, 2010.

Expensive computers that help facilitate face-to-face communication have been overtaken by cool — and relatively cheap — “Proloquo2Go” software and devices like the iPad and iPod.


OrigamiThumbnail Protein Misfolding: Origami MedicineProto, Spring 2010.

When proteins misfold, the result is havoc in the cell. As researchers learn more about the intricacies of the protein-folding and quality-control network in the human cell, they are developing promising therapeutic avenues for maladies as diverse as cystic fibrosis and Parkinson’s disease.


garlicthumbnail Farming Garlic: The Good, the Bad, and the Rotten (PDF), Spezzatino, Vol. 9, Spring 2010.

Garlic seems like an easy-to-grow crop, but there are a few key things the would-be garlic farmer needs to know.


lakeviewthumbnail Farm to School at Lakeview Union School in Vermont’s Northeast, November 2009.

A report on this small, rural school that developed a farm-to-school program to improve the quality and sustainability of the lunches it serves to its students.


News Articles

I am a regular contributor to BioTechniques and here are those articles.

Clearing Hep C, Proto, Winter 2013.

Several drugs that stop the virus are nearing FDA approval.



Using a virus against itselfDartmouth Medicine, Winter 2013.

With most pathogens, “you get better, or you die,” says David Lieb, Dartmouth microbiologist. Not so with herpes simplex virus.



arsenicriceResearch raises concerns about arsenic in rice, Dartmouth Medicine, Spring 2012.

New research from the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth College shows that some rice, rice products, and well water contain arsenic levels above the safe limits set by the EPA.



dartTeam dreams of reducing the crib-death rateDartmouth Medicine, Winter 2011.

A Dartmouth-based research team makes strides toward understanding the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.



molbiothumbMGH Research: Molecular BiologyProto, Special Issue Fall 2011.

A series of articles with a focus on research in molecular biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, in the special issue commemorating the hospital’s bicentennial.



geneticsthumbMGH Research: GeneticsProto, Special Issue Fall 2011.

A series of articles with a focus on genetic research at Massachusetts General Hospital, in the special issue commemorating the hospital’s bicentennial.



Vital SignsGiving a Haitian a leg up on health–and lifeDartmouth Medicine, Fall 2011.

Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization providing health care to those who would otherwise go without, saved the life of a young man from Haiti.



dartA boost for the immune systemDartmouth Medicine, Fall 2011.

A Dartmouth immunologist  identifies a possible target for treating chronic viral infections in immunocompromised patients.



Vital SignsMovie scenes serve as signals to smokeDartmouth Medicine, Summer 2011.

Dartmouth scientists discover that simply watching people smoke cigarettes in movies primes smokers’ brains to crave a cigarette.





Back to BasicsDartmouth Medicine, Fall 2012.

Profiles of Dartmouth researchers Allan Gulledge and Henry Higgs contributed by Lauren Ware.



Andrew Auerbach, ’92: The Reluctant Hospitalist, Dartmouth Medicine, Winter 2011.

A profile of Andrew Auerbach, a Dartmouth Medical School graduate who is one of the founding physicians behind the hospitalist movement.



Herbert Benson: The Mind’s Healing Power, Proto, Fall 2010.

A pioneer who put the mind body connection under the microscope of Western scientific standards, this interview looks at where Benson’s work is now, and where the future of mind body medicine may be headed.




unluckythumbnailStriking Unlucky, Proto, Spring 2009.

Confronted with my son’s diagnoses — three rare, unrelated disorders — I contemplate luck, good and bad.


chickenthumbnailOur Peeps (PDF), Wondertime, March 2009.

An account of our family’s experience raising laying hens, with plenty of how-to advice for those brave enough to take the poultry plunge.