Journalist, Humorist, Novelist, and Book & Pitch Doctor


Since 1985 Rebecca has contributed science journalism to outlets including Salon.comScientific American,, Publishers WeeklyThe New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle TimesJSTOR Daily, Dame,, Vermont Public Radio, and the Genetic Literacy Project. She has appeared on syndicated talk shows like WNYC’s The Takeaway, WAMC’s 51 Percent, Fox News’ Happening Now, The Bob Edwards ShowThe Jim Bohannon Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, NPR’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle, and on major-market programs produced by NPR affiliates in New York, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Albany, and Indianapolis. She speaks at colleges and universities and at conferences, and she was an invited speaker at the 50th Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association in Buenos Aires. Rebecca sometimes incorporates a bit of humor into her science journalism. Kirkus has called her “entertaining and envelope-pushing” and has likened her to hilarious science journalist/humorist Mary Roach. 

Rebecca is the author of several journalistic psychology books for the general public. Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings won an Outstanding Academic Book award from the American Library Association’s Choice magazine.

Science and Health

Evergreen Explainers for

  • What Is DEET? Despite its robust credentials, many people retain a strong buzz of concern about DEET. There is one safer alternative that seems as effective as DEET.
  • What Are Persistent Organic Pollutants? They include commonly recognized names like the pesticide DDT and the large group of industrial chemicals known as PCBs. 
  • What Are Greenhouse Gases and Greenhouse Effect? Greenhouse gases trap solar heat close to Earth in the same way that insulating glass panels keep heat inside a greenhouse. 
  • What Is Anthropocentrism? The idea of human superiority is destroying the environment. It may also help save it.
  • What Is Arctic Amplification? Arctic amplification is the increasingly ramped-up warming that’s taking place in the area of the world north of 67 degrees N latitude. For more than four decades, temperatures in the Arctic have risen at two to three times the pace of the rest of the world.
  • How Do Volcanoes Contribute to Climate Change? Volcanoes change Earth’s climate both by warming and cooling it. Their net effect on climate today is small compared to that of human-made pollutants.

Vermont Public Radio Samples

For about a decade (late 1990s to late 2000s) I contributed commentaries to Vermont Public radio as an on-air personality specializing in mental health. Just a few are still online. Four were part of a series that won a Vermont AP award for VPR.  Those commentaries are at


  • For Beck and Branch, Rebecca produced the Science Bits series.
  • The video documentary Attacking Anxiety. This science documentary won the Red ribbon and the American Film & Video Festival, the Cine Golden eagle, and the the silver ribbon at the Columbus International film Festival.