Christie Nicholson is a science journalist based in New York. Her academic and professional careers have blended technology, psychology, and pop culture for the last 20 years.
Nicholson studied philosophy at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and biological science at the University of Toronto. While studying in Toronto, she worked in research and clinical practice for four years with bipolar and schizophrenic patients at Canada’s Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now known as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.)
Inspired by her passion for human and animal behavior, she decamped for Borneo in 1998, where she spent the better part of that year studying orangutans in the rain forests of South Kalimantan.
Nicholson made the move to New York in 1999, at the height of its “Silicon Alley” days. She was a new media producer for over seven years, publishing award-winning sites and programs for corporate and non-profit companies.
Nicholson received her master’s from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 2007, as an award-winning student graduating in the top of her class.
At Scientific American online, she developed and launched an online community, and helped launch two video series (Instant Egghead and The Monitor), and two audio podcasts (60-Second Mind and 60-Second Earth).
She produces and hosts the weekly podcast, 60-Second Mind. She is an on-air contributor to multiple Web and TV shows that have appeared on Slate, the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. She co-created and produced the “Science of Sex,” an acclaimed Web publication that won two Webbys.
Nicholson has been contracted by many organizations to speak about the current upheaval in traditional communication due to the Web and social media, including the National Science Foundation, the New York Academy of Sciences, Sundance Film Festival and Space Studies Board of the National Academies. She has spoken at the South By Southwest Interactive conference three times covering brain-computer interface in 2010, the secrets of DARPA in 2011, and the trending field of embodied cognition in 2013.
Nicholson has been on faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts; Poptech Science Fellows program and currently is on faculty at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
While not working hard to make cool science accessible, you’ll find her in Brooklyn interrogating a friendly stranger, dreaming up another new business idea, or talking with her one-year old daughter about the universe and the process of unweaving the rainbow.
Follow her thoughts and days on Twitter. Reach her here: firstname.lastname@example.org.