In the Ether Dome at Mass General in front of Dr. John Collins Warren as he performs the first surgery without pain as William Morton administers ether.

In the Ether Dome at Mass General in front of Dr. John Collins Warren as he performs the first surgery without pain as William Morton administers ether.

Genevieve Wanucha is the science writer for Oceans at MIT, reporting in-depth on all things ocean. In tandem, she writes for the website of the MIT Program in Oceans, Atmospheres, and Climate.

On her own time, she’s writing a creative work of science writing, the story of how her mother’s illness turns her into a close observer of a remarkable scientific revolution in emotion, neurology, and behavioral genetics. Weaving human experience into science, she plunges into the lives and minds of neuroscientists, affective scientists, clinicians, and patients and families dealing with frontotemporal dementia, a lesser known neurodegenerative disease that steals emotional insight and personality. The book synthesizes emerging ideas in brain and emotion science, yet ultimately proves the power of love to make meaning out of tragedy.

Genevieve worked on the incredible PBS Documentary The Truth about Cancer and interned at NPR’s Science Desk in Washington DC. She’s a graduate of Bard College ’07 (anthropology) and the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing ’09

Contact her at genevieve.wanucha[AT] gmail.com.