Sunday February 14th 2016

Recent Work

Going deep

  HOW low can you go? Dedicated deep cavers plumb the depths for an answer, and a newly announced expedition may [Read More]

Uncharted underground

Matt Covington didn’t sleep much the night before his big swim. Who could blame him? For two days, the wiry caver [Read More]

A Desire to Help

Children can be many things. Joyful, energetic and exasperating. Curious, playful and sad. For P.J. Lukac, who is [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. I also teach an undergraduate class in science communication at Vanderbilt University.

My work has appeared in Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, onEarth and Science News for Students. I've received a AAAS/Kavli science journalism award, and my work has been recognized by awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I'm also a contributor and fact-checker for AACR's Cancer Today magazine.

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.


* "Where will Lightning Strike?, which I wrote for Science News for Students, won a 2015 Kavli AAAS Science Journalism Award.

* "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, was published in April 2014.

For Kids

Finding Foods for the Future

This translucent red alga grows along northern, rocky coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. And its colorful, leathery fronds hide a remarkable flavor. When tossed [Read More]

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

Math stories

Charting the history of western art with math

  For more than a century, researchers have used statistics to study writing style in a sort of literary forensics technique called stylometry. In 1901, physicist T. C. [Read More]