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Carolyn Y. Johnson

Johnson joined the Health team as a science writer in 2008. She also has covered telecommunications and tech culture for the Business section. Johnson was a physics and English major at Amherst College and earned her master’s degree in science writing from MIT.

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At Harvard, tiny robots ‘swarm’ into shape

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

Three Harvard researchers have assembled a massive swarm of simple, three-legged robots that can work as team.

SCIENCE IN MIND

Harvard-trained mathematician is the first woman to win the ‘Nobel prize of math’

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

On Tuesday, Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics -- a recognition for her work on geometric problems such as understanding curved surfaces and doughnuts. The Fields Medal is sort of like the Nobel prize, except perhaps even more competitive, since it is awarded once every four years and limited to researchers under the age of 40.

SCIENCE IN MIND

Top female math scholar tells her story of achievement

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics.

Brigham researcher in flawed stem cell study will step down

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

The researcher, who oversaw a discredited study that described a simple method for creating stem cells, will take a one-year sabbatical.