Speaking of Chemistry is your source for need-to-know chemistry news in minutes. The series highlights fascinating, weird and timely topics from the chemical sciences. Speaking of Chemistry is a production of Chemical and Engineering News, the American Chemical Society’s weekly magazine.
Sophia Cai earned a B.A. in neuroscience from Amherst College in 2010 before moving to Washington, D.C., to do a Web editorial internship at Science. Inspired to pursue science journalism and multimedia, she joined C&EN in 2011. Sophia edits and produces stories, creates videos and podcasts, and until recently, co-managed the dearly departed Newscripts blog. She tweets @sophialcai and occasionally hand-models for C&EN magazine covers.
Matt Davenport holds his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of California, Irvine mostly because he’s afraid of setting it down somewhere and forgetting it. He covers gnarly things like beer, 3-D printing, and placentas for C&EN. Matt tweets with the handle @MrMattDavenport because he thinks @DrMattDavenport sounds pretentious. He’s currently an associate editor at C&EN and shares the 2014 DC Science Writers Association Newsbrief Award with ACS Productions ace Elaine Seward for their work on Speaking of Chemistry.
Lauren K. Wolf
Lauren Wolf earned a Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from Boston University in 2006 before moving to the Washington, D.C. area. Once there, she carried out a postdoc at the National Institute of Standards & Technology, studying cell membrane mimics with nonlinear spectroscopy. In other words, she stood in a dark laser lab and burned things. At C&EN, she covers materials science, nanotechnology, and neuroscience, and she’s become something of an expert on pee. Lauren tweets @laurenkwolf and is currently the deputy assistant managing editor for the science and technology group at the magazine. She films and produces news videos, one of which was awarded the 2012 Newsbrief Award from the D.C. Science Writers Association.
Carmen Drahl (former, longtime host)
Carmen Drahl earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Princeton University in 2007 before joining the staff at C&EN. She covers biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and organic chemistry, but especially loves stories about origin-of-life research, or about how scientists name things. Her coverage of forensic science, and of the firestorm sparked by an alleged arsenic life form, has been recognized by the Knight Science Journalism tracker. She tweets @carmendrahl.