Christopher Wanjek, S.M.
Christopher Wanjek is director of communications for the NIH Office of Intramural Research, where he oversees The NIH Catalyst newsletter, the DDIR Web Board, the Office of NIH History, NIH Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs), and the organization of trans-NIH events such as the NIH Research Festival and the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.
Aside from his role at the NIH, Wanjek is the author of more than 500 popular-level newspaper and magazine articles and three books — Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O (2003); Food At Work: Workplace Solutions for Malnutrition, Obesity and Chronic Diseases (2005); and the science fiction novel Hey, Einstein! (2012). His work has appeared prominently as featured articles in The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Sky & Telescope, and Astronomy, and he has been appeared on numerous radio programs and on several television programs, including numerous shorts on the Discovery Channel. Wanjek lectures internationally on workplace meal programs, the subject of the book Food At Work, which has led to the creation of labor laws concerning meals in several countries. Prior to coming to the NIH, Wanjek was at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, popularizing cosmology and high-energy astronomy. He had the envious and ominous title of Senior Writer for the Structure and Evolution of the Universe. His work there included the promotion of science that would become associated with two Nobel Prizes, for the cosmic X-ray background (2002) and cosmic microwave background (2006). He also scripted a 60-minute promotional science program for NASA called Beyond Einstein, which had its debut at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2005.
Wanjek has an undergraduate degree in science journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia (a program he helped to initiate and became Temple's first graduate of) and master's degree in environmental health science from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
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