Nsikan Akpan is the digital science producer for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of the NewsHour digital series ScienceScope. ScienceScope, which won the 2016 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award in the television spot news/feature reporting category, takes a deep dive into the process of scientific discovery, exploring the nitty gritty in short, digestible, music-filled video bites.
When he isn't taking rides to the ocean floor or watching the shapes of smells for ScienceScope, Nsikan writes and edits for the NewsHour website and works on social media projects such as science-based Facebook Lives and Snapchat and Instagram stories.
Nsikan was elected to the board of the National Association of Science Writers in September 2016. His two-year tenure will include helping to organize the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists.
Prior to joining NewsHour, his work appeared in NPR, Science Magazine, Science News, Scientific American, Newsweek and elsewhere. He holds a doctorate in Pathobiology (Columbia University) and is an alum of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Nsikan's Most Recent Stories
July 18, 2017
Dog domestication wasn’t too rough. A new population genetics study from Stony Brook University argues wolves were tamed just once, 40,000 years ago. Continue reading →
July 12, 2017
Less than 48 hours ago, NASA’s Juno spacecraft got its first up-close-and-personal view with Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and today, the space agency has released photos from the flyby. Continue reading →
July 12, 2017
After months of expectation, a gigantic piece of the Larsen C ice shelf broke off Antarctica sometime between Monday and Wednesday. Continue reading →
June 26, 2017
New research shows that everyone is prone to sharing fake news when dealing with a never-ending stream of updates. Continue reading →