Beth Herbert

Beth Herbert came to Northwestern University in 2005 as an administrator in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, where the Science in Society intiative originated. She came to the Center for Genetic Medicine in 2007, where she is currently the associate director of communications. At Science in Society, she serves as the associate editor, which involves working closely with faculty, staff and students to develop content for the site, and overseeing the Science in Society Blog.

Beth graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English and a minor in journalism. She is currently an MFA student in Northwestern's creative writing program.

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This summer, in partnership with the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), Science in Society will profile four innovators in the areas of energy and sustainabilityresearchers who are harnessing the power of science and engineering to better understand and solve some of the many challenges facing our planet. This week we feature assistant professor of materials science and engineering and ISEN-award recipient Derk Joester.

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending a few sessions at the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, an eight-day experience for graduate and undergraduate students hosted by the

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This summer, in partnership with the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), Science in Society will profile four innovators in the areas of energy and sustainability – researchers who are harnessing the power of science and engineering to better understand and even solve some of the many challenges facing our planet. This week we feature professor and past ISEN-award recipient William Halperin, who studies the properties and potential of superconductors.

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With the final landing of space shuttle Atlantis earlier this month, the thirty-year US space program came to an end. But just because these shuttles are now headed for museums rather than space doesn’t mean we no longer need—or want—to explore the final frontier.

Amateur enthusiasts can begin their exploration right in Evanston’s own backyard. Northwestern University is home to the historic Dearborn Observatory, where members of the community can gaze at the depths of our universe every Friday night.

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Visit just about any neighborhood in the greater Chicago area and you’ll be sure to find at least one section of empty, unused space. Imagine filling this space not with concrete or cars, but with a garden, an urban oasis to feed and inspire its community caretakers.

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As a patient navigator at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Kristin Smith guides newly diagnosed cancer patients through a hopeful process – preserving their future  ability to have children in the face of life-saving, fertility-threatening treatments. We spoke with Smith about her unique position, what fertility preservation options are currently available for women, and the exciting prospects that lie ahead.

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Before 29 year-old Jenna Benn even knew her exact diagnosis, she was already thinking about life after cancer. Knowing that someday having a family would be part of her plan, she enrolled in the Fertility Preservation Program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center shortly before beginning treatment.

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Biology and engineering are converging in an exciting, emerging field known as “synthetic biology.” Researchers are looking to harness the power of biologic systems – transforming and reprogramming cells – to perform new functions. These functions could translate into novel approaches for fighting disease, producing drugs, and even creating fuel sources.

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Just because February is long past doesn’t mean that women can forget the lessons learned during American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and organizations across the country are working hard to make sure that women of all ages understand their risks and the latest prevention strategies.