Welcome! I’m a science writer in Cambridge, MA. I write about physics, science policy, scientific integrity, and other scientific and medical issues. I have written for The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and New Scientist, and am a Correspondent for the science journal Nature. On this site you can find links to a selection of articles, information about my 2009 book on scientific fraud, and a short resume.
email: eugenie dot reich at gmail dot com
Selection of Articles
Pre-term births on the rise Nature May 2012
A report about the first country-by-country statistics on the pre-term birth rate.
A boost for quantum reality Nature May 2012
A provocative proof that quantum-mechanical waves are real has passed peer-review.
claims breakthrough in Sudoku puzzle Nature
Supercomputers have been used to solve a long-standing problem in mathematics; proving that valid Sudokus need at least 17 clues.
Conflicting studies on arsenic poisoning Nature October 2011
Scientists have different views on the causes of arsenic contamination of groundwater, which has poisoned thousands of people globally
Whistle-blower claims his accusations cost him his job Nature June 2011
An investigative news story about a case of apparent retaliation against a post-doc who raised concerns about suspected research fraud
Cancer trial errors revealed – Anil Potti case Nature January 2011
An investigative story revealing that administrators at Duke University withheld key evidence from a review panel looking into cancer geneticist Anil Potti’s work
The supersolid’s nemesis – profile of John Reppy Nature December 2010
Magazine feature describing a 79-year-old superfluidity expert who came out of retirement and cast doubt on a former student’s claim to have discovered a supersolid
300-year-old engravings shed light on women in science Nature December 2010
Slideshow showcasing the work of Susanne and Anna Lister tells how women have
played a little-known role in science as scientific illustrators
Five books on scientific fraud The Wall Street Journal June 2009
My guide to the best books on scientific fraud
Biologist spared jail for grant fraud Nature June 2011
Enterprising news article drawing on information in court filings to describe how scientific fraudster Luk Van Parijs avoided jail
Former MIT biologist penalized for falsifying data Nature February 2009
News report discussing federal finding of misconduct against former MIT professor Luk Van Parijs, including over irregularities discussed in my 2005 news piece
Data irregularities in the work of MIT professor New Scientist October 2005
Investigative online report revealing data irregularities in the work of MIT associate professor Luk Van Parijs
researcher debarred from federal funding
Nature November 2009
News story announcing the federal finding against Rusi Taleyarkhan
Special Report revealed doubts over claims by self-proclaimed “bubble fusion” pioneer Rusi Taleyarkhan
Doubts over stem cell images prompt inquiry New Scientist August 2009
article with Peter Aldhous describing problems in work co-authored with stem
cell biologist Catherine Verfaillie
Stem cell researcher guilty of falsifying data New Scientist October 2008
Magazine news article with Peter Aldhous describing findings of investigation into concerns we had raised
Fresh questions on stem cell findings New Scientist March 2007
Investigative magazine article with Peter Aldhous on irregularities in work co-authored by stem cell biologist Catherine Verfaillie
World Extract (abridged)
June 2011 –
Correspondent, Nature, Boston.
August 2010 – May 2011
Reporter, Nature, Boston.
June 2010 – August 2010
Freelance science writer.
August 2009 – May 2010
My book on scientific fraud, Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Left New Scientist to work on my book on scientific fraud. I continued to publish articles in New Scientist, Nature and The Boston Globe.
Features Editor, New Scientist, Boston.
Correspondent, New Scientist, Boston.
Reporting intern, New Scientist, London.
About my byline
My byline was Eugenie Samuel until 2003 when I married and is now Eugenie Samuel Reich
Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/EugenieReich
Updated September 30th, 2012.