Jon Lambert was a 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow who was sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In his 10 week fellowship with the Dallas Morning News, Mr. Lambert published 13 news stories.
The following are his top five favorites:
"This is definitely my favorite story. It was a tip from the UT-Arlington's physics press officer. He told me this really interesting scientist just finished a prototype for this big neutrino detector. My background is in biology so I barely knew what a neutrino was, but as I started researching it a little bit it picked up steam and I thought it was cool."
How can a team of 1,000 scientists shooting particles 800 miles through the earth into 70,000 tons of liquid argon tell us why is there something rather than nothing? Check out my latest for @dallasnews to find out! @AAASMassMedia @BWFUND @DUNESciencehttps://t.co/TJdK0ozAbR
— Jon Lambert (@evolambert) June 28, 2018
"Scientists at UT-Southwestern are learning what the sort of molecular substrate of sleep is, because it's sort of unknown. They got this cool idea that it actually changes in phosphorylation. My editor said you can't use the word phosphorylation!"
Ever wonder what's going on in our brains that makes us sleepy? Scientists now have a clue - and it could explain why we have to sleep in the first place. Check out my FIRST STORY for @dallasnews! @AAASMassMedia @BWFUND #scicomm https://t.co/QrtJpcUVoO
— Jon Lambert (@evolambert) June 15, 2018
"UT-Dallas has a center for brain health that's studying how cognitive interventions can help people with brain injuries. And there are a lot of programs for people with brain injuries, but not a lot of science going on to actually look at what's going on in the brain. This particular lab had a couple of really interesting studies that did show changes in the brain."
Nearly 2 million Americans suffer a TBI each year. Historically, the doctrine was that recovery stopped after 2 years. This consensus is shifting as studies show injured brains can improve. Check out my latest for @dallasnews . @AAASMassMedia @BWFUND https://t.co/YKGxQurE55
— Jon Lambert (@evolambert) August 16, 2018
"There was a temperature increases and suicide increases piece that I enjoyed doing. In part because I was sort of taken aback by the fact that suicide rates increase in the summer and this has been known for ages. Being from Minnesota I thought, of course it will be in the winter when it’s cold and miserable."
Warmer months linked with more suicides, according to a new study from @MarshallBBurke. With continued warming expected we need to consider mental health effects of climate change. Check out my latest for @dallasnews . Thanks @AAASMassMedia and @BWFUND https://t.co/gVQZYvfGHG
— Jon Lambert (@evolambert) July 24, 2018
"This was a quick turnaround piece about an exhibit that not only had cool dinosaurs but also integrated it with the actual science behind why and where we find certain fossils."
Incredible dino specimens?✔️
Fun VR installations to bring dinos to life? ✔️
Engaging integration of PLATE TECTONICS and SPECIATION?!? ✔️
— Jon Lambert (@evolambert) June 22, 2018