Joann Ellison Rodgers, M.S., an award-winning science and medical writer and editor, is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was national science correspondent and columnist for the Hearst Newspapers and winner of a Lasker Award for medical journalism before joining Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she served as Executive Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs for 25 years, then as Senior Advisor for Science, Executive and Crisis Communications at JHM and named Faculty Scholar and Senior Communications Adviser at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Rodgers is past president of CASW and NASW, a Fellow of the AAAS and an honorary life member of Sigma Xi. The author of seven books, including Sex: A Natural History (Henry Holt), and Media Guide for Academics, Rodgers consults and speaks frequently on crisis and risk communications, and on news media relations. As a freelance, she has published widely in science, educational, and popular periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today, Genetics in Medicine and Parade.