Jennifer Ouellette

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Jennifer Ouellette
Jennifer Ouellette TAM 2012.JPG
Jennifer Ouellette in July, 2012
Born (1964-05-17) May 17, 1964 (age 54)
Ashland, Wisconsin
Occupation Writer and editor
Citizenship United States
Education BA English, Seattle Pacific University, 1985
Spouse Sean M. Carroll (m. 2007)

Jennifer Ouellette (born May 17, 1964) is a science writer based in Los Angeles, California. Her writings are aimed at mainstream audiences unfamiliar with complex scientific issues.

Life and career[edit]

Ouellette is the former director of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, an initiative of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) designed to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to help the creators of television shows, films, video games, and other productions incorporate science into their work.[1] "The National Academy is hoping to basically foster this current trend in television and get more interactions between science and Hollywood, in the hopes of changing the way science and scientists are portrayed."[2] "We want Hollywood to basically help us inspire people and to get them interested in science and in rationalism so that they then go on to read more and become more educated."[2]

She also served as Journalist in Residence at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2008[3] and worked in New Mexico with the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop as an instructor in 2009.[4]

From 1995 until 2004 she was a contributing editor of The Industrial Physicist magazine, published by the American Institute of Physics.[5] On the Meet the Skeptics! podcast Ouellette's husband, physicist Sean Carroll, said "She was an English major with no science background whatsoever...while working as a freelance journalist in New York City she was hired by the American Physical Society after they found out that it was easier to teach physics to people who knew how to write than to teach writing to people who knew physics."[6] She is currently a freelance writer contributing to a physics outreach dialogue with articles in a variety of publications such as Physics World,[7] Discover magazine,[8] New Scientist,[9] Physics Today,[10] and The Wall Street Journal.[11]

Ouellette also participates in a variety of print and online interviews such as NPR's Science Friday, SETI radio with Seth Shostak, and panel discussions at The Amaz!ng Meeting,[12] Dragon Con,[13] Center for Inquiry, and the National Association of Science Writers.[14] She appeared on NOVA in 2008 and on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 11, 2011 discussing her book The Calculus Diaries and winning a coveted Golden Mouth Organ.[15] She also has a blog, "Cocktail Party Physics: Physics with a twist" where she and other female contributors chat about the latest science news. "You just tell entertaining stories and weave the science in and it’s a way of getting people familiar and interested in what is normally kind of a scary subject for them."[2]

September 2015, Ouellette announced a new role as Senior Science Editor for Gizmodo.[16]



  1. ^ "NAS Announces Initiative to Connect Entertainment Industry With Top Experts". The National Academies. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Richard, Saunders. "Jennifer Ouellette Interview". Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jennifer Ouellette". UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop". Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Features Index". The Industrial Physicist. American Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Meet Sean Carroll". Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer (January 2011). "The Scholar and the Caliph". Physics World: 21–24. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer (November 2010). "Big Game Theory". Discover: 58–62. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer (30 December 2007). "Mechanical mysteries of the yodel". New Scientist (2635). Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer (January 2008). "Femtosecond Lasers Prepare to Break Out of the Laboratory". Physics Today. 61 (1): 36. doi:10.1063/1.2835147. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer (July 23, 2010). "Going With the Flow". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Amaz!ng Meeting 7 Speakers". James Randi Educational Foundation. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dragon*Con Biography - Jennifer Ouellette". Archived from the original on 4 October 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Sunshine, Wendy Lyons. "What's science got to do with it? Thinking outside the lab". The National Association of Science Writers. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Jennifer Ouelette 2011.02.11 - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer. "Bidding a Fond Farewell". Cocktail Party Physics. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 

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