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Jordan Gaines Lewis
Works at Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Attends Pennsylvania State University
Lives in Hershey, PA
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When I was at the AAAS meeting last month, an undergraduate neuroscience student was presenting next to me in the poster competition. He was shocked to learn I was a 5th-year graduate student. "But you don't look all exhauste...
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Presenting in the student poster competition on Saturday afternoon. You can read press coverage of this research here. Aaaand that's a wrap on my first-ever AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) meeting! ...
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Looking for a new challenge or opportunity in 2016? When it comes to reporting science, the mainstream media can struggle, and often even gets things wrong. ScienceSeeker is therefore an essential resource, enabling read...
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Shutterstock My friend recently asked me, “Why have I become so forgetful since I became pregnant?” I told her I didn’t know, but that I’d look into it and write an article for her. She then followed with, “I was going to...
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Pickles and ice cream, anyone? Shutterstock My forgetful friend – the subject of my original article – gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day. She’s a beauty, and I know Mom agrees that the morning sickness, crazy sens...
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The psychological draw of a task that <i>feels </i>creative, but doesn&rsquo;t actually involve creating anything new.
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Exciting news, brainiacs! Starting this month, I'll be outlining and beginning to write my dissertation, which I'm aiming to defend in late May. I'm simultaneously dreading it and chomping at the bit to get started. Wish me l...
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Most people who have experienced emotional trauma — such as war veterans, sexual assault survivors, or those whose lives have been threatened — are able to heal emotionally within weeks and months of the distressing event. Br...
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In Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World, Polish boy Reuben Rabinovitch falls asleep next to a radio receiver. When he wakes up, he is able to recite the entire broadcast. He has no idea what any of it means, though – it...
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  • Journal of Science Policy & Governance
    Associate Editor, 2015 - present
  • Psychology Today
    Neuroscience Blogger, 2012 - present
  • The Conversation
    Health & Medicine Columnist, 2014 - present
  • ScienceSeeker
    Editor, 2012 - present
    Editor-in-Chief (2013-2015)
  • Penn State College of Medicine
    Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate, 2011 - present
    Sleep Research and Treatment Center
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Neuroscientist & Science Writer
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I'm a final-year Ph.D. student in the neuroscience graduate program at Penn State College of Medicine. My research interests include pediatric sleep, particularly as it relates to risk factors for cardiometabolic problems. 

I'm also a science writer and past TED speaker whose work has been featured in Scientific American, The Washington Post, NBC, The Guardian, Slate, and Psychology Today magazine, among others. I'm also associate editor of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance and editor of ScienceSeeker (former Editor-in-Chief). 

After graduation (expected summer 2016), I'd like to use my neuroscience expertise, analytic skills, and strong background in communication to transition to a career in science policy in Washington, D.C.
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  • Pennsylvania State University
    Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2011 - present
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
    B.A. Biology and Neuroscience, 2007 - 2011
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