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Steve Mirsky is a writer for Scientific American and the host of the magazine's weekly science podcast, "Science Talk". Mirsky, with Scientific American since 1995, is the author of the monthly "Antigravity" column published by The Lyons Press.
In 1985, he obtained his master's degree in chemistry from Cornell University. Soon after, he was awarded a Mass Media fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The fellowship enabled him to work a summer as a science journalist in Miami.
Mirsky spent a year working as a morning radio host at WMCR in Oneida, New York. After his time here, he became a staff editor at Breakthrough. He is a member of the Scientific American board of editors. He has contributed to a number of publications which include: Audubon; Wildlife Conservation; National Wildlife; Earth; Longevity; The Humanist; Men’s Fitness; American Health; Technology Review; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bulletin; Astronomy; Eating Well; American Airlines in-flight magazine; New York Newsday; Sea Frontiers; the children’s magazines Current Science, Science World and Muse; National Public Radio; and the Medical News Network.
Mirsky is the author of Anti Gravity: Allegedly Humorous Writing from Scientific American (ISBN 978-1599211152). His freelance writing credits include work in Technology Review, Astronomy magazine, Newsday, and Audubon.
Awards and honors
Mirsky was named a Science Writer in Residence for the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the autumn of 2007. He was awarded science journalism fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts and Columbia University. He also received a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Essays and reporting
- Mirsky, Steve (December 1994). "The Annual Ig Nobel Prizes". Scientific American. 271 (6): 17–18. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1294-22.
- — (June 2010). "Presidential Harrisment". Scientific American. 302 (6): C3. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0610-92.
- — (April 2013). "Show your hand : many doors could be closed to the bearer of unreadable fingerprints". Anti Gravity. Scientific American. 308 (4): 68.
- — (May 2013). "Bacon, lettuce and tasteless". Anti Gravity. Scientific American. 308 (5): 70.
- "Steve Mirsky Bio". MinOnline. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- Scientific American often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "Scientists Are Trying to Get Supermarket Tomatoes’ Flavor to Catch Up" online.
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