About Smithsonian Science News

Every day, Smithsonian scientists examine many of the world’s most complex and time-sensitive problems. Smithsonian Science News takes you beyond the bricks and mortar of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and 9 research centers, to share with you the astounding and diverse scientific research being conducted by more than 500 Smithsonian scientists around the world.

About the Authors

John BarratJohn Barrat
John is the senior writer and editor for Smithsonian Science News. He has 25 years of experience publicizing research by Smithsonian scientists, from astrophysics to paleontology. He has contributed to numerous publications, including Inside Smithsonian Research, the Smithsonian News Service and Smithsonian Research Reports.

Maria AndersonMaria Anderson
Maria is the press secretary for Latino and Spanish-language media at the Smithsonian, an avid moviegoer and fascinated by all things science. She promotes Smithsonian science news, including the discovery of the olinguito (a new species of mammal), a report on the state of birds in the U.S. and the latest in 3-D digitization.

Marilyn Scallan
Marilyn is an editor in the Smithsonian’s central Office of Public Affairs. She has been at the Smithsonian since 2008 and when not editing, she keeps an eye out for stories that bring together art and science, not to mention rock ’n’ roll.


Micaela JemisonMicaela Jemison
Micaela is a bat ecologist and multimedia producer for Smithsonian Science News. As a proud Aussie and threatened-species scientist, Micaela has boundless enthusiasm for environmental science. Micaela has covered a diverse array of topics for the Smithsonian, from bats learning to love heavy metal music to how climate change has influenced human evolution.

Johnny GibbonsJohnny Gibbons
Johnny is the press secretary for science at the Smithsonian, with more than 10 years of experience in publicizing research and science. From giant panda babies to 3-D scanning of museum collections, Johnny has shared Smithsonian discoveries with the world. He is most happy when his passions for ornithology and journalism combine, making him the go-to man for the latest in Smithsonian bird research.

Becky HaberackerBH Headshot
According to Haberacker family lore, Becky announced to her parents after her first trip to the Smithsonian (around age 11 or so) that she wanted to work there someday. As a public affairs specialist since 2002, she has been sharing the Smithsonian’s work in science, history, art and culture with the world.