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May 1, 2017 — Today I started a new job at Springer Nature as Executive Editor, Grand Challenges. I'll be part of a small team that's leveraging the company's tremendous scientific strength to address global challenges in health, sustainability, and other areas. I'm fortunate to work around some of the best science journalists around, and brilliant scientists, as well as others who equally familiar to the publishing business. It's an amazing opportunity.

Feb. 26, 2016 — I recently began working as a senior editor at Mechanical Engineeringmagazine, which is published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I'm grateful for the opportunity to write and edit for a high-quality magazine provides insightful coverage of science, engineering and technologies that matter.

May 25, 2015 — I'm currently working as an independent writer and editor for publications and organizations, including Scientific American, the Food and Environment Reporting Network and Discover, where I'm a contributing editor. I'm available for new projects, so if you have one that seems like a good fit, I'd love to hear from you.
June 4, 2012 — Here is my latest story, for Midwest Energy News, on a battle over sand mining for frackers at an iconic state park in Illinois. 

May 15, 2014 —I am thrilled to announce that I will begin working as a senior editor at Discover Magazine in mid-June. I am looking forward to working with brilliant and creative colleagues on staff at Discover and with the terrific freelance writers who write for the magazine each month.

May 23, 2013 — Can "clean coal" finally live up to its name? I dug in to find out for Smithsonian.com. Check it out here.

July 25, 2012 — Did a company that's building a coal-fired power plant bully an Illinois county into building a dump for its potentially toxic coal ash? I dove in to find out for Midwest Energy News (@MWEnergyNews).

April 16, 2012 — Dan was a panelist last week at a wonderfully eclectic conference called the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado, where he spoke on panels about climate change, sustainability, the role of science in government, and more. 

He's also looking forward to hosting a panel on science writing at the annual meeting of the American Society of Journalists and Authors in New York on April 28.

 December 28, 2010 - Paul Epstein, M.D., was featured today on Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman interviewed Paul on snowstorms, heat waves, climate instability and solutions. Here's the clip.

October 3, 2010 - We're on the home stretch with Changing Planet. The copy edits are done, the book is being designed, and we're on course for an April 2011 release.

February 24, 2010 - Can breaching a levee restore a critical floodplain forest? Nature Conservancy magazine wanted to know, and they sent me to Louisiana to find out. This story is the result.

February 23, 2010 - Just got back from the AAAS meeting in sunny San Diego (ahhh, warm sun in February). I wrote for Science about electric cars, specifically some cool new developments in vehicle-to-grid technology. In a few years, our cars might be earning money for us from the power company while they sit parked. Check it out here. I also wrote about a critical technology called energy recycling, also known as co-generation, which makes giant strides against climate change by converting waste heat from industrial processes and power plants back into electricity. Check out the story here.

February 11, 2010 - Two stories of mine ran today in Nuvo Newsweekly--a fun Q&A with Chris Paine, director of the documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car, and a profile of Steve Tolen, an Indiana entrepreneur whose company has developed a fascinating technology that could help lower the price of battery electric cars enough to bring them to the mass market. 

September 24, 2009 - Julie Bain, ace editor at Ladies' Home Journal, was on The Today Show on Thursday, September 24, talking about the meaning—and science—of dreams. The spot was prompted by my story in the October issue of the magazine. See the Today segment here. Read the story here.

September 9, 2009 - Today's issue of Nuvo Newsweekly, Indianapolis' alt weekly, features my story on Eric and Lisa Stickdorn, eastern Indiana farmers who had the misfortune of living directly downwind of a modern confined feeding dairy operation, complete with an open manure lagoon and runoff galore. Check it out here.

September 5, 2009 - I just returned yesterday from Louisiana, where I was reporting a magazine story on the biggest floodplain forest restoration project in the country--25 square miles of ground, with three million trees planted.  After puttering around up a forested bayou across the river in a jon boat with a couple of very patient biologists, with iridescent dragonflies hovering and leg-sized alligator gar jumping and splashing, I began to appreciate what we've lost by clearing all that bottomland forest, and what we could still regain.