Friday April 18th 2014

Recent Work

Numbers and verse

  The universe is a grand book, Galileo noted in 1623, written in the language of mathematics. Those poor souls [Read More]

Northern Hibernaculum

  For years, biologist Susi von Oettingen at the US Fish and Wildlife Service tracked the devastation in New [Read More]

More than a signature

  Three days before Christmas in 1995, Linda Horton, a medical researcher in Nashville, Tenn., was diagnosed with [Read More]

About Stephen

I'm a science writer in Nashville, Tennessee, who usually covers math, physics, astronomy and cancer research, and I work from a converted office shed in my backyard.

My work has appeared in Discover, New Scientist, onEarth and Science News for Kids. I'm also a contributor and fact-checker for AACR's Cancer Today magazine, and I've received awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. My non-science nonfiction has appeared in the New Haven Review, and my fiction has appeared in The Portland Review, Arcadia, Vestal Review, Bartleby Snopes, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Prime Number, and One Story.

Thanks for visiting! Email me at stephen - at - stephenornes - dot - com.


* "Interrupting Cancer's Travel Plans," an article I wrote for Cancer Today, won a 2013 ASJA award in the trade category.

* The Science Writers' Handbook, a book to which I am proud to have contributed, is due out in April from Da Capo Press.

For Kids

Burning to learn

  In central California’s Yosemite National Park, it doesn’t take much to set the forest on fire. A discarded cigarette. A match. Or, as is often the case, a bolt of [Read More]

Science News for Kids
A complete list of my stories for Science News for Kids appears here.

Math stories

Two Guys Dancing about Math

  A typical performance by dancers Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern begins with a handshake. However, it’s not simple: the two men fail to connect, missing hands and [Read More]