Jenny Morber is a freelance science journalist with diverse and eclectic interests. She has written about fish camouflage, ancient fossils, 3D organ printing, rape kits, vaginal anatomy, post-mortem sperm retrieval, whale poop, espionage, invasive species, science policy, and more.
Previously, she edited scientific documents and grant proposals for Form and Content Media, the University of Minnesota, and others.
Before striking out on her own, Jenny worked as a staff writer for PNAS (the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), a top peer-reviewed general sciences journal, where she covered economics, anthropology, genetics, crystallography, and any other science topic she could get her hands on.
After almost two years at PNAS she transitioned into freelance science writing for the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) and Argonne National Labs advanced photon source before changing her focus to journalism.
Jenny gained experience in research and academic publishing while working as a graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) of the Georgia Institute of Technology where her research focused on nanowires for use in tiny electronics and cancer therapies. She earned her BS in 2003, and her PhD in 2008.
Freelance science writer and editor
2011 - present
Jenny is currently focused on science journalism. She also has experience in technical science writing and editing.
Science news and features of interest to the public appear in National Geographic, Discover Magazine, InStyle, Mosaic Science, NOVA, Ars Technica, Slate, Nautilus, Undark, and others
Science writing aimed at non-expert scientists and the interested public can be found in Highlights for Argonne National Labs, the front section of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), SIAM News, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
Technical editing clients have included Form and Content Media (electronic and polymer engineering society content), and the University of Minnesota
Science Writer Media Department
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Washington, D.C.
Jan. 2010 – July 2011
Wrote and edited weekly summaries of scientific papers in diverse fields for distribution to scientists and the lay-media – over 200 completed
Interviewed notable scientists and translated discussions into biographical profiles and podcasts
Managed and initiated PNAS new media contributions
Grant Writer and Consultant JVAST/Miltec Corporation
Co-wrote successful research grant proposals for nanomaterials integration into defense and energy technologies
Research Assistant, Nanomaterials Research
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA
Designed, built, maintained, and experimented with high temperature furnace, vacuum, and class four laser equipment for nanomaterial fabrication
Analyzed samples with SEM, TEM, AFM, XRD, and other visualization and analysis techniques
Collaborated with scientists at Emory University to explore biomedical applications of these novel materials
Presented research to international conference audiences
Research Assistant, Biomedical Research
University of South Alabama, Mobile AL
Prepared and examined microscope slide specimens of alligator eyeballs to determine potential causes for increased local alligator/human confrontations
Collected and prepared paraffin microscope slides of human and rodent tissues for teaching use, including teeth, brain, and mesentery
Interests and Expertise
Science and medial ethics
Science based policy
Death and dying
National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA)
Association of Healthcare Journalists (AHCJ)
Northwest Science Writers Association (NWSWA)
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)
Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)
Ongoing education and certifications
Genomics for Journalists Boot Camp, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Investigative reporting in platforms: social media, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
NSWA: member at large
The Island School Bainbridge Island
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA
Advised by Zhong Lin Wang and Robert Snyder
Dissertation: 1D Nanowires: Understanding Growth and Properties as Steps Toward Biomedical and Electrical Application
Jenny's thesis topic focused on synthesis and characterization of magnetic iron oxide nanorods and nanowires. This work provided a foundation for continued efforts to improve tools for localized cancer treatments. The research determined that the commonly accepted solid state nanowire synthesis mechanism could not have created observed nanomaterials, forcing scientists to reexamine generally accepted ideas about nanowire evolution. In addition to lab work, Jenny also created computational models using COMSOL and molecular dynamics techniques.
Scientific Papers and Patents
"Wafer-Level Patterned and Aligned Polymer Nanowire/ Micro- and Nanotube Arrays on any Substrate" Jenny Ruth Morber, Xudong Wang, Jin Liu, Robert L. Snyder and Zhong Lin Wang, Advanced Materials., 2009, 21, 2072–2076 .
“Growth of Ultralong ZnS/SiO2 Core-Shell Nanowires by Volume and Surface Diffusion VLS process,” Daniel Moore#, Jenny Ruth Morber#, (#equally contributed) Robert L. Snyder, and Zhong Lin Wang, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2008) 112 (8), 2895 - 2903.
“Nanowire structural evolution from Fe3O4 to e-Fe2O3,” Yong Ding, Jenny Ruth Morber, Robert L. Snyder, Zhong Lin Wang, Advanced Functional Materials 17 (2007) 1172-1178.
“Single-Crystalline Branched Zinc Phosphide Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Optoelectronic Devices,” Rusen Yang, Yu-Lun Chueh, Jenny Ruth Morber, Robert L. Snyder, Li-Jen Chou, and Zhong Lin Wang, Nano Letters 7 (2007) 269 – 275.
“PLD assisted VLS growth of aligned ferrite nanorods, nanowires, and nanobelts – Synthesis and properties,” Jenny Ruth Morber, Yong Ding, Michael Stephan Haluska, Yang Li, J. Ping Liu, Zhong Lin Wang, Robert L Snyder; Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2006) 21672-21679.
Patent number 8053376: Jenny Ruth Morber, Xudong Wang, Jin Liu, Zhong Lin Wang, “One-Step Synthesis and Patterning of Aligned Polymer Nanowires on a substrate”