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
March 21, 2017
Early medical procedures can dampen a child’s ability to perceive touch in the long run. Continue reading →
March 16, 2017
The White House’s budget proposal for 2018, released Thursday, seeks cuts in science and health agencies across the board. Yet, some budgetary wallets will be lightened more than others. Continue reading →
March 15, 2017
Ancient teeth reveal when the Earth gets warmer, mammals shrink consistently in size. Continue reading →
March 7, 2017
A North Carolina startup grows “biocement” bricks to circumvent the hefty load of fossil fuels needed for normal cement. Continue reading →
March 3, 2017
Environmental toxicologists at the University of Alberta, Edmonton have tallied how much pee is in commercial-sized swimming pools. Continue reading →