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Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for more than two decades.  Her most recent book is  Ah-Choo!  The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (Twelve, 2010). Her previous books include Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream:  A Day in the Life of Your Body, Chance in the House of Fate:  A Natural History of Heredity, and Notes from the Shore.  She is currently working on a book about the intelligent life of birds.  A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, and many other publications, Jennifer is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2004 NEA Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her articles and essays have been included in several anthologies, among them Best American Science Writing (2005), The Nature Reader (1996) and Best Nature Writing (1996). Jennifer’s work aims to explain and interpret science for a lay audience and to explore the riddle of humanity's place in the natural world, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision.

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