Summary

Jessica Morrison is an associate editor at Chemical & Engineering News. Formerly an editorial fellow at Nature, a Kaiser Fellow at The Charlotte Observer, and a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Chicago Tribune, Jessica is a news junkie who just happens to have a Ph.D. in geochemistry.

Already an award-winning journalist, Jessica seamlessly merged advanced technical training with an enthusiasm for news media to become a readable environmental policy beat reporter in a town overrun with wonks. A skilled and resourceful technologist, Jessica is adept at facilitating workplace collaboration and communication.

In 2015, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave her its Excellence in Journalism Award, and the Society for News Design called Jessica one of “media’s brightest minds.” In 2016, Jessica received the American Association of Engineering Societies Engineering Journalism Award and delivered the Women in Science lecture at Middle Tennessee State University, her undergraduate alma mater.

Digital Projects

ACS Chemoji

Mobile App: Chemoji

ACS Chemoji is here! Chemoji is emoji for chemists. The American Chemical Society launched an app in August to help chemists communicate visually on social media.

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C&EN's T12

Quiz: Meet The T12

Quizmaster Jessica Morrison gives a glimpse into the lives of C&EN's Talented 12 when they’re not in the lab. Can you guess which little-known fact belongs to each person?

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Tracking Fracking

Newsapp: Frack Map

Some states require fracking chemical disclosure to FracFocus, others require submission to a state agency, and nearly all allow a measure of trade-secret protection.

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Writings

Chemical & Engineering News

Building Lighter, Faster Military Aircraft ($)

Nuclear Waste Has A Long History of Confusing Definitions ($)

What's That Stuff?: Nitro Cold Brew

Privatizing Nuclear Waste Storage ($)

Matt Kanan: The Renewable Energy Reaper

Karen Havenstrite: The Soothe Seer

Fracking Study Yields Mixed Results ($)

Wet Wipes Clog Sewer Systems

C&EN Talks With Michael Meador

ACS Scholar Christina Fields-Zinna

Uneven State Rules And Trade Secrets Fuel Fracking Debate ($)

Obama’s Proposed R&D Budget Would Give Science A Boost ($)

Septic System Forensics ($)

EPA Proposes To Revise Regulation Of Oil Spill Dispersants ($)

Congressional Outlook 2015 ($)

Tainted Drinking Water in West Virginia

Clearing Up Muddy Waters ($)

Oversight For Synthetic Biology ($)

C&EN Talks With Shaughnessy Naughton ($)

Counterattacking The Wild Pig Invasion With Bacon Preservative Sodium Nitrite


National Geographic

7 Biggest Earthquakes in California History—Napa's Not Even Close

After Shutdown Ends, Effects Continue to Stymie Science

NOVA Next/PBS

How Engineers Use Ground Freezing to Build Bigger, Safer, and Deeper

A Salty Solution for Nuclear Waste

Slate

Could Scientists Have Prevented the Fukushima Meltdown?

Nature

Earliest skeletal animals were reef builders

Bees build mental maps to get home

San Francisco due for a shake-up

Electronics' noise disorients migratory birds

Cotton balls help Darwin's finches to help themselves

Decoded fly genome offers clues about sleeping sickness

X-ray method could improve nuclear screening

New origin seen for Earth's tectonic plates

'Electronic skin' equipped with memory

Prehistoric 'weird shrimps' traded claws for nets

Human nose can detect 1 trillion odours

Incoming NSF director faces challenges in Congress

Obama's budget request falls flat

Obama's budget plan defies spending cap

Digital atlas shows oceans' iron levels

China becomes world's third largest producer of research articles

Brain responds to tiniest speech details

Mantis shrimp's super colour vision debunked

Budget offers recovery hope

Science agencies regain footing in Congressional budget deal

The Chicago Tribune

Baby experts change tune on food allergies

Researcher believes there's an art to his science

Afraid of dentists? Sedation is new drill

Wanted: Ants of all sorts from Chicago

Study of athletes parses triumph, pride

The science of body temperature and outside heat

Vitamin D tests trending up

Hepatitis C testing gets push