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Behind the scenes at Scientific American


From the editorial staff of Scientific American, this blog delivers a behind the scenes look at new product launches, events, site enhancements and editorial improvements.


Mariette DiChristina
Editor in Chief
Mariette DiChristina oversees Scientific American,, Scientific American MIND and all newsstand special editions. She is the eighth person and first female to assume the top post in Scientific American's 165-year history. A science journalist for more than 20 years, she first came to Scientific American in 2001 as its executive editor. She was named an AAAS Fellow in 2011. She was also the president (in 2009 and 2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers. She is a former adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University. DiChristina is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the New York Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences, 92nd Street Y in New York, Yale University and New York University among many others.
Twitter: @SAEditorInChief

Fred Guterl
Executive Editor
Fred Guterl is the executive editor of Scientific American. Previously, Guterl was the deputy editor of Newsweek, where he wrote and edited a wide range of stories for both print and digital media. He was Newsweek International's first science and technology editor, writing and editing dozens of cover packages and special issues on climate change, global health, energy, biotechnology and other subjects. His writing and editing have contributed to numerous awards and nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors. His article "Riddles in the Sand," in Discover, was named best magazine article in 1998 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his Newsweek article "The Wasteland," on Russia's plan to accept the world's nuclear waste, was honored by the Overseas Press Club for environmental writing.
Twitter: @fredguterl

Robin Lloyd
News Editor, ONLINE
Robin Lloyd is responsible for editing and assigning stories for She also manages Scientific American's Twitter feed, @sciam. Previously, she was a senior editor at and She has additional experience in print journalism (Pasadena Star–News); wire journalism (City News Service of Los Angeles); and network online journalism ( She has a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the 1998–99 academic year.
Twitter: @robinlloyd99

Ricki Rusting
Managing Editor
Ricki Rusting has been an editor at the magazine for more than 20 years and managing editor since 2002. Earlier, she worked in the popular books division of Macmillan Publishing Company (unrelated to today's Macmillan) and on a weekly trade newspaper in the health field. She came to Scientific American from the American Diabetes Association, where she supervised publication of a magazine and other materials for people with diabetes. Ricki holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Twitter: @ricki123

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