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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Harvard lab delves into Ebola outbreak

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

Working with five African colleagues who have died, scientists have analyzed the genes of the virus for new insights.

New studies erase traumatic memories in mice

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

A growing body of work shows that, at least in rodents, triggering brain circuits can alter remembrance.

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.


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.