Jennifer Durgin made the decision to become a science writer long before her career as one actually began. As an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), she designed an independent major that combined her interests in science, journalism, and social science. While on exchange in Fairbanks, Alaska, during her junior year, she was awarded an undergraduate research grant to investigate the impact of U.S. military waste on a Native Alaskan village located on an island in the Bering Sea. The resulting article was published in the Summer 2001 issue of Cornell University's Native Americas Hemispheric Journal of Indigenous Issues. While at UNH, Jennifer also founded and edited a weekly science section in the student newspaper, The New Hampshire.
After graduating, Jennifer was selected for a prestigious editorial internship at Outside magazine, an award-winning national publication with a circulation of two million. Her work there included fact-checking, research, and writing.
Interested in more scholarly pursuits, Jennifer returned to New Hampshire to work as a freelance writer and fact-checker. Projects on which she worked included The Pleasures of Slow Food, a book about the Slow Food movement by Atlantic Monthly senior editor and acclaimed food writer Corby Kummer, and two articles about national parks for Outside. She has also written periodically for the UNH alumni magazine.
In 2002, she joined the Northeast Division of Arcadia Publishing, a publisher of books on regional history; she worked first as an acquisitions editor, specializing in the history of New York City, and later as a production editor and proofreader.
She was named senior writer of DARTMOUTH MEDICINE magazine and staff writer for the DMS Office of Publications in June 2004, and in January 2009 she became Associate Editor of DARTMOUTH MEDICINE; among her responsibilities was the oversight of the magazine's editorial internship. In 2012, she left the magazine to become the assistant director of development communications for DMS and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. At Dartmouth, she enjoys the best of all worlds-working with inspirational colleagues, writing about science and medicine, and living amid the natural splendor of the Upper Connecticut River Valley.
Jennifer can be reached by e-mail at Jennifer.A.Durgin@Dartmouth.edu.