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Chris Berdik

Chris Berdik is a science journalist who has written about a wide variety of topics, including the intersection of science with ethical issues and the peculiarities of the human brain. (“Why Our Brains Make Us Laugh,” for the Boston Globe, for example.) His book, Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations, was published by Current, an imprint of Penguin, in 2012. A Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University, Mr. Berdik has been a staff editor at The Atlantic and Mother Jones. His freelance articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, among others, and his radio and multimedia stories have appeared on Smithsonian.com, WBUR (Boston’s NPR station) and Sciencestage.com, among others.

Recent Stories

E-Counseling 2.0: Can a new wave of virtual guidance help?

The latest virtual guidance counseling services may help more low-income kids get to college

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

Hint: it takes strong relationships and a strong dose of reality

Mix a little math into that bedtime story

An app helps parents combat kids’ summer math loss

Five-year-olds and laser cutters—perfect together? Welcome to the first early childhood fab lab

How the Bay Area Discovery Museum went from no-tech to early childhood fab lab pioneer

Can a wall-climbing robot teach your kid to code?

Last month, a few hand-sized, hexagonal robots took over a third-grade classroom in Southborough, Massachusetts. They climbed a whiteboard and drew all over it while flashing multicolored LEDs and chirping…

Kids code their own 3D creations with new blocks-based design program

Adam Green, an instructor at Einstein’s Workshop, shows 3D printers to students learning BlocksCAD, a free 3D-design software developed at the Workshop. Photo: Chris Berdik On…

“Paying attention?” an app asks – helping kids monitor their own classroom behavior

  Photo: AP Images Between kids chattering, bolting from their seats or simply staring out the window, keeping students focused is…

Can social media nudge teens into smarter money choices?

Brittany Bui (left) and AJ Wheatley, co-presidents of the Moneythink chapter at Chapman University in Orange, California, at last year’s freshman activity fair. Photo: Kara Zucker …

Hit rewind: Coaching teachers virtually

Audrey Miller, a teacher mentor at Oceanside High School on Long Island, videotapes a lesson in her video production class. The Oceanside district uses an online video-sharing platform…

Robo-reader redux: Can a curious computer improve student writing?

Will student writers be more comfortable getting critiques from a computer instructor?