I'm a long-time science journalist and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. In addition to my most recent book -- Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?, co-authored with my daughter Samantha Henig -- I've written eight others, as well as articles about health and medicine for The New York Times Magazine, Civilization, Discover, Scientific American, Newsweek, Slate, and just about every woman's magazine in the grocery store. I'm vice president of the National Association of Science Writers, doyenne of a terrific writers salon that meets periodically in my living room, and in 2010 I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors as well as a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
I went to Cornell, where I met my husband Jeff, a political scientist who teaches at Columbia University's Teachers College. Jeff and I raised our daughters, Samantha and her older sister Jess, in Takoma Park, Maryland, while Jeff was teaching at George Washington University. Now we're empty nesters in Manhattan, and spend our free time going to movies and museums, walking in Central Park, and reading for our co-ed book club.