I often rode along with them, and one night we came upon a diamondback rattlesnake, resting in a fat and perfect coil. Inshe was one of seven Times staffers awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Ebola epidemic.
She also writes about reproductive health issues, ranging from the births of extremely premature babies to efforts to invent a better condom. Most of my co-workers, biologists all, lived for the sight of a tortoise scraping slowly over a granite boulder, or a pack of javelinas snuffling peacefully as they napped in the shade.
Watson does for Sherlock Holmes: By reacquainting the head with the heart, we science writers tell the story of the frustrations, false starts, triumphs and breakthroughs that lead to the solution — or, in many cases, to even more questions. The book is in development as a television series. The most memorable science writing also puts humans back in the equation, introducing the reader to both the people behind the science and the people affected by it, for better and worse.
As a national bureau chief, she covered some of the biggest news stories including the Rhode Island night club fire that killed people, the introduction of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and the passage of a landmark Massachusetts health care law.
That night in the Arizona desert, my friends eventually backed away from the rattlesnake, leaving it curled in peace on the pavement. I stood back, away from the headlight beams, and watched. My friends were thrilled, and they leapt out of their pickups to circle the snake like REI-clad matadors.
Belluck joined The Times in as a general assignment reporter on the metropolitan desk, served as the bureau chief in Queens, and briefly covered education in New York City.
Belluck was selected to be a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton in and has taught and spoken about science journalism in various venues, including the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, the Simons Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science convention and on a Times Journeys voyage to the Galapagos Islands.