DEBORAH BLUM, Publisher
TOM ZELLER JR., Editor in Chief
DAVID CORCORAN, Senior Editor
JANE ROBERTS, Associate Editor
JOHN MONTORIO, Editor-at-large
ROBIN LLOYD, Senior Writer
BETTINA M. URCUIOLI, Business Manager
MARCUS HAUGEN, Marketing Intern
Charles M. Blow, Shannon Brownlee, Raychelle Burks, Dan Fagin, Felice Frankel, David Kaiser, Tom Levenson, Alan Lightman, David Quammen, Mary Roach, Phillip Sharp, Rebecca Skloot, George Whitesides, Carl Zimmer
Undark is an editorially independent, foundation-supported digital publication of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program, which is headquartered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Administratively, KSJ resides under the institute’s Program in Science, Technology & Society, a division of the School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.
The name Undark arises from a murky, century-old mingling of science and commerce — one that resulted in an industrial and consumer product that was both awe-inspiring and, as scientists would later prove, toxic and deadly. We appropriate the name as a signal to readers that our magazine will explore science not just as a “gee-whiz” phenomenon, but as a frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture.
As such, the intersection of science and society — the place where science is articulated in our politics and our economics; or where it is made potent and real in our everyday lives — is a fundamental part of our mission at Undark. As journalists, we recognize that science can often be politically, economically and ethically fraught, even as it captures the imagination and showcases the astonishing scope of human endeavor. Undark will therefore aim to explore science in both light and shadow, and to bring that exploration to a broad, international audience.
Undark is not interested in “science communication” or related euphemisms, but in true journalistic coverage of the sciences.