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DAA: Jean L. Marx

Jean L. Marx

Chevy Chase, MD | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1995

Dr. Marx is Deputy News Editor of Science magazine, the premiere United States weekly journal of general science, based in Washington, D.C. Following graduation from Purdue, she taught for five years at Fontbonne College in St. Louis. In 1972, she moved to Washington, D.C. as a newswriter for Science. She has edited three books during her tenure at the magazine, major portions of which were her own writings. She contributed three of the sixteen chapters to the book entitled A Revolution in Biotechnology. Dr. Marx serves a key role in science education as she interprets the latest research to other working scientists over a broad spectrum of biological sciences. Her columns in Science assume a graduate student level of understanding of the basic systems, but not specialist familiarity. Her writing is a model of clarity. She has exceptional talent for knowing what background information is needed to put the work in its proper context and to make the case for its importance. She accurately and concisely summarizes new findings within the context of what new information is needed to further our understanding of the system. Science demands that the news articles be brief and to the point, and the journal employs only the finest writers with a solid background in the sciences. Her articles have also appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Sciences. In addition to her assignment at Science, she wrote the “In This Issue” feature for the Journal of Investigative Dermatology from 1988 to 1990. Dr. Marx stands out as one who has mastered the efficiency of words. She was a 1970 winner of a National Science Foundation Summer Research Grant. In 1976, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association honored her with the Distinguished Medical Writing Award. She also received the Medical Journalism Award from the American College of Radiology. Dr. Marx is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the D.C. Science Writers Association. She was named a Purdue University Old Master in 1983.