Kitta Mac Pherson

Science Writer, Former Science Editor of The Star-Ledger of Newark
  • All Articles
Features The Secrets Within Genes

But for the light clatter of keyboards and the low chatter of co-workers, it’s quiet among the rows of computer desks in Room 270 in the Carl Icahn Laboratory. Here, along the southern edge of Princeton’s campus, a cluster of graduate and…

But for the light clatter of keyboards and the low chatter of co-workers, it’s quiet among the rows of computer desks in Room 270 in the Carl Icahn Laboratory. Here, along the southern edge of Princeton’s campus, a cluster of graduate and…

But for the light clatter of keyboards and the low chatter of co-workers, it’s quiet among the rows of computer desks in Room 270 in the Carl Icahn Laboratory. Here, along the southern edge of Princeton’s campus, a cluster of graduate and…

Sep 2, 2018
Happy Memories May be Good for Us: Rutgers Scientist looks at ways that conjuring the positive past may improve health

Megan Speer, a graduate student at Rutgers University in Newark, is using advanced imaging techniques to understand whether happy memories can improve health. A poster of a paper appearing in the journal Neuron adorns the entrance to Rutgers-Newark's …

Megan Speer, a graduate student at Rutgers University in Newark, is using advanced imaging techniques to understand whether happy memories can improve health. A poster of a paper appearing in the journal Neuron adorns the entrance to Rutgers-Newark's …

Megan Speer, a graduate student at Rutgers University in Newark, is using advanced imaging techniques to understand whether happy memories can improve health. A poster of a paper appearing in the journal Neuron adorns the entrance to Rutgers-Newark's …

Aug 16, 2018
Safety in Numbers: Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyone’s Data

Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. You’ve seen the …

Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. You’ve seen the …

Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Credits: Kitta MacPherson Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. You’ve seen the …

Aug 14, 2018
Veteran Finds Home in IT at Panasonic

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. Standing near his office on the tenth floor of the glass skyscraper housing Panasonic’s North American headquarters in …

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. Standing near his office on the tenth floor of the glass skyscraper housing Panasonic’s North American headquarters in …

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. Standing near his office on the tenth floor of the glass skyscraper housing Panasonic’s North American headquarters in …

Aug 14, 2018
Veteran Finds Home in IT at Panasonic

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. Standing near his office on the tenth floor of the glass skyscraper housing Panasonic’s North American headquarters in …

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. Standing near his office on the tenth floor of the glass skyscraper housing Panasonic’s North American headquarters in …

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. Standing near his office on the tenth floor of the glass skyscraper housing Panasonic’s North American headquarters in …

Jul 24, 2018
VOICE Summit draws thousands to Newark

More than 2,400 people flocked to the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark Tuesday to attend the first installment of the three-day VOICE Summit, an international exposition featuring lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on training in …

More than 2,400 people flocked to the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark Tuesday to attend the first installment of the three-day VOICE Summit, an international exposition featuring lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on training in …

More than 2,400 people flocked to the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark Tuesday to attend the first installment of the three-day VOICE Summit, an international exposition featuring lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on training in …

Jul 13, 2018
Safety in Numbers: Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyone’s Data

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. You’ve seen the ominous headlines. Armies of hackers working at the behest of hostile nation-states 24/7 to steal …

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. You’ve seen the ominous headlines. Armies of hackers working at the behest of hostile nation-states 24/7 to steal …

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars. You’ve seen the ominous headlines. Armies of hackers working at the behest of hostile nation-states 24/7 to steal …

Jul 9, 2018
Voices Up: Summit organizers hope to jumpstart a tech wave – with Newark at center

The “Voice-first” revolution is coming. And if Pete Erickson has his way, it’s going to start in Newark. Have you ever queried an Amazon Alexa about the weather? Asked Google Home’s Assistant to phone your sibling? Prompted Apple’s Siri for …

The “Voice-first” revolution is coming. And if Pete Erickson has his way, it’s going to start in Newark. Have you ever queried an Amazon Alexa about the weather? Asked Google Home’s Assistant to phone your sibling? Prompted Apple’s Siri for …

The “Voice-first” revolution is coming. And if Pete Erickson has his way, it’s going to start in Newark. Have you ever queried an Amazon Alexa about the weather? Asked Google Home’s Assistant to phone your sibling? Prompted Apple’s Siri for …

Jun 18, 2018
Newark takes on Alzheimer’s

NewarkU Goal is to make city national center of expertise on African American brain health. Updated 6/22/2018. 12:35 p.m.: This story has been revised to note that the Classic Car Show originally scheduled for Saturday, June 23 has been moved to …

NewarkU Goal is to make city national center of expertise on African American brain health. Updated 6/22/2018. 12:35 p.m.: This story has been revised to note that the Classic Car Show originally scheduled for Saturday, June 23 has been moved to …

NewarkU Goal is to make city national center of expertise on African American brain health. Updated 6/22/2018. 12:35 p.m.: This story has been revised to note that the Classic Car Show originally scheduled for Saturday, June 23 has been moved to …

Jun 11, 2018
City of Light: Newark’s fiber optic gambit aims to boost opportunities for citizens and business

It’s a little after noon on a sunny weekday, and, amidst the lunchtime hubbub in the elegant, updated main concourse of Newark’s Hahne & Co. Building, Newark’s head communications honcho, Marjorie Fields Harris, is knitting her brow in consternation. …

It’s a little after noon on a sunny weekday, and, amidst the lunchtime hubbub in the elegant, updated main concourse of Newark’s Hahne & Co. Building, Newark’s head communications honcho, Marjorie Fields Harris, is knitting her brow in consternation. …

It’s a little after noon on a sunny weekday, and, amidst the lunchtime hubbub in the elegant, updated main concourse of Newark’s Hahne & Co. Building, Newark’s head communications honcho, Marjorie Fields Harris, is knitting her brow in consternation. …

Jun 7, 2018
With Mentors, Models, and #MeToo, Femtech Comes of Age

In her quest to become a tech entrepreneur, Stacy Chin has been an ace at tackling thorny intellectual challenges, mastering everything from molecules to manufacturing. These mostly female leaders of firms with products addressing women’s health …

In her quest to become a tech entrepreneur, Stacy Chin has been an ace at tackling thorny intellectual challenges, mastering everything from molecules to manufacturing. These mostly female leaders of firms with products addressing women’s health …

In her quest to become a tech entrepreneur, Stacy Chin has been an ace at tackling thorny intellectual challenges, mastering everything from molecules to manufacturing. These mostly female leaders of firms with products addressing women’s health …

Dec 28, 2017
Should there be a Hippocratic Oath for Scientists?

Should there be a Hippocratic Oath for Scientists? The turn of the year always brings along juicy lists to browse. As a list-obsessed person, I have recently read: The Copperfield Review’s “50 best historical novels” (the Odyssey-inspired “Cold …

Should there be a Hippocratic Oath for Scientists? The turn of the year always brings along juicy lists to browse. As a list-obsessed person, I have recently read: The Copperfield Review’s “50 best historical novels” (the Odyssey-inspired “Cold …

Should there be a Hippocratic Oath for Scientists? The turn of the year always brings along juicy lists to browse. As a list-obsessed person, I have recently read: The Copperfield Review’s “50 best historical novels” (the Odyssey-inspired “Cold …

Nov 3, 2017
Pondering the differences between minds and machines

Princeton neuroscientist Asif Ghazanfar is asking students in his freshman seminar to do nothing less than rethink the way the brain and body interact and to deeply consider a new science underlying what he calls “the biology of thought.” The subject …

Princeton neuroscientist Asif Ghazanfar is asking students in his freshman seminar to do nothing less than rethink the way the brain and body interact and to deeply consider a new science underlying what he calls “the biology of thought.” The subject …

Princeton neuroscientist Asif Ghazanfar is asking students in his freshman seminar to do nothing less than rethink the way the brain and body interact and to deeply consider a new science underlying what he calls “the biology of thought.” The subject …

Feb 15, 2017
Aldous Huxley, Where are You?

Aldous Huxley, Where are You? I knew this day was coming. I had to. As a science journalist, I have covered many of the major milestones in modern molecular biology. And there have been some doozies. Standing in the East Room of the White House, …

Aldous Huxley, Where are You? I knew this day was coming. I had to. As a science journalist, I have covered many of the major milestones in modern molecular biology. And there have been some doozies. Standing in the East Room of the White House, …

Aldous Huxley, Where are You? I knew this day was coming. I had to. As a science journalist, I have covered many of the major milestones in modern molecular biology. And there have been some doozies. Standing in the East Room of the White House, …

May 1, 2016
Lost Worlds

Lost Worlds My Ireland-born, paternal grandmother, Evelyn Mae Dwyer MacPherson, with my father, John “Bud” MacPherson. Evelyn died of pneumonia two years after this photo was taken. (New York, New York, photo circa 1925) For much of the 20thCentury, …

Lost Worlds My Ireland-born, paternal grandmother, Evelyn Mae Dwyer MacPherson, with my father, John “Bud” MacPherson. Evelyn died of pneumonia two years after this photo was taken. (New York, New York, photo circa 1925) For much of the 20thCentury, …

Lost Worlds My Ireland-born, paternal grandmother, Evelyn Mae Dwyer MacPherson, with my father, John “Bud” MacPherson. Evelyn died of pneumonia two years after this photo was taken. (New York, New York, photo circa 1925) For much of the 20thCentury, …

Life of the Mind Q&A: Christina Lazaridi ’92

What pulls an audience into a story and keeps people listening? Christina Lazaridi ’92, an Oscar-nominated writer who teaches screenwriting in the creative writing program, has been wrestling with that question for more than two decades. PAW spoke …

What pulls an audience into a story and keeps people listening? Christina Lazaridi ’92, an Oscar-nominated writer who teaches screenwriting in the creative writing program, has been wrestling with that question for more than two decades. PAW spoke …

What pulls an audience into a story and keeps people listening? Christina Lazaridi ’92, an Oscar-nominated writer who teaches screenwriting in the creative writing program, has been wrestling with that question for more than two decades. PAW spoke …

Mar 2, 2016
Kanye and Grief

Kanye and Grief By Kitta MacPherson Kanye West may be the most misunderstood celebrity alive. This groundbreaking, wildly successful producer-singer-songwriter is back in the news for reports of public appearances marked by unpredictable behavior and …

Kanye and Grief By Kitta MacPherson Kanye West may be the most misunderstood celebrity alive. This groundbreaking, wildly successful producer-singer-songwriter is back in the news for reports of public appearances marked by unpredictable behavior and …

Kanye and Grief By Kitta MacPherson Kanye West may be the most misunderstood celebrity alive. This groundbreaking, wildly successful producer-singer-songwriter is back in the news for reports of public appearances marked by unpredictable behavior and …

Dec 25, 2015
Learning to love 'Dominick the Donkey' | Opinion

By Kitta MacPherson A dear friend from my college newspaper days posts a "Top 25" Christmas song countdown on Facebook every year. He is Jewish, but he loves the music and views it as a fixture of American pop culture. The list, which changes from …

By Kitta MacPherson A dear friend from my college newspaper days posts a "Top 25" Christmas song countdown on Facebook every year. He is Jewish, but he loves the music and views it as a fixture of American pop culture. The list, which changes from …

By Kitta MacPherson A dear friend from my college newspaper days posts a "Top 25" Christmas song countdown on Facebook every year. He is Jewish, but he loves the music and views it as a fixture of American pop culture. The list, which changes from …

Nov 12, 2013
PPPL scientists present cutting-edge results at major physics meeting

More than 1,500 researchers, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have gathered in Denver, Colorado, for the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of …

More than 1,500 researchers, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have gathered in Denver, Colorado, for the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of …

More than 1,500 researchers, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have gathered in Denver, Colorado, for the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of …

Perspective on: The future of fusion

Stewart Prager, a well-known plasma physicist and fusion scientist, has directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) since 2009. Scientists at PPPL, the United States’ leading magnetic fusion facility, are …

Stewart Prager, a well-known plasma physicist and fusion scientist, has directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) since 2009. Scientists at PPPL, the United States’ leading magnetic fusion facility, are …

Stewart Prager, a well-known plasma physicist and fusion scientist, has directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) since 2009. Scientists at PPPL, the United States’ leading magnetic fusion facility, are …