The Repurposed PhD

Finding Life After Academia--and Not Feeling Bad About It

Originally published on November 3, 2013 in The New York Times

ON a recent Sunday afternoon, a monthly meeting convened around a long table in a Whole Foods cafeteria on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As people settled in, the organizer plopped down a bag of potato chips and tackled housekeeping matters, like soliciting contributions. But she did not insist.

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Alzheimer’s Alert

When's a good time to diagnose an incurable disease?

Originally published on April 29, 2011 in Slate

Last week, new guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer’s defined a “preclinical” stage of the dreaded disease.

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The $100 million pond

A bold new idea for protecting nature: Put a price tag on it

Originally published on April 10, 2011 in The Boston Globe

The coral reefs of Hawaii are enchanting: a full spectrum of brilliant colors, teeming with spiky urchins, striped damselfish, sluggish sea cucumbers, and hundreds of other creatures.

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