About the Authors
Jonathan Knight left a career in scientific research to become a science writer. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology studying gene regulation at the University of California, Berkeley. aAfter taking a year off to teach sailing classes on San Francisco Bay, he returned to the research bench for three more years as a postdoc at UC San Francisco, where he studied the biochemistry of fruit fly embryo growth. In 1996, Knight came to the Science Writing Program and UC Santa Cruz. He says he has found the abusiness of communicating science to the lay public far more rewarding that performing the experiments themselves. "Science is very exciting," he says, "and really not that hard. I think everyone ashould know about it." In July, 1997, Knight begins a six-month internship at New Scientist magazine in London.
Utako Kikutani was born in Japan and spent much of her achildhood in East Africa. Kenya and Tanzania left lasting amemories inspiring her from an early age to pursue greater aknowledge in the fields of zoology and sketching, drawing her to athe animals and plants that were her "back yard." Kikutani found it achallenging to seek higher education in an otherwise amale-dominated field back in her native land. After intense aexaminations, she was accepted to the prestigious University of aTokyo where she excelled in Zoology where she later went on to acontinue her graduate work, studying the physiology of color achange in the flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Research required aher to often kill her specimen, something she found very difficult ato do. Her true love was the creation of life and art, so a shift in her astudied from research to illustration sent her to the Science aIllustration program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. aShe will be continuing her studies though an internship at the aAmerican Museum of Natural History in New York City. aKikutani ahopes to remain in the U.S. as she sharpens her pencil ain the field aof Science Illustration.
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