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EDWARD ORTIZ

Science Writer

Sacramento

EDWARD ORTIZ

Science, environment & arts journalist
Passionate about watchdog journalism
Bilingual (Spanish)

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Plant geneticist bests 200 mph barrier & fast-moving genetics field

At 72, Howard-Yana Shapiro may just be the fastest-moving plant geneticist on the planet.
Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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On this ranch, heritage hogs and Twitter go together

Fervent advocate for women in ranching seeks to break the mold on 3,000 acre cattle ranch.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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New strain of botulism identified, but science censored

First new strain of botulism in 40 years found, but scientists asked to keep it secret.
Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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Can malady affecting horses shed light on autism?

Scientist's novel intervention with horses poses neurosteroids levels at birth as possible cause of autism.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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A lock of Beethoven's hair tells a deadly secret

Forensics providing clues to why Beethoven’s died at age 56
Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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Taking the World By Storm? Weather Inspired Music

Is climate change bleeding in as theme in new classical music works? Study says yes.
San Francisco Classical Voice Link to Story
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Rising temperatures and drought changing CA aquaculture

Species like blackfish and perch may overtake others due to climate change
Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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Recreational drones pose increasing risk to firefighting

Some air tanker flights grounded for two hours upon encountering drones.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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Flame retardants "lead of 21st century," firefighters say

Body of evidence grows on pervasiveness of flame-retardant chemicals.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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Lost California rangeland is said to pose greenhouse gas risk

Disappearance of rangelands will make it harder to curb GHG emissions & safeguard species.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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Market speaks louder than science on GMO feed issue

More ranchers choosing GMO route, but do so for financial reasons, not health concerns.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story
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Mission to Mars? Radiation poisoning a big barrier

NASA's current radiation shielding technology inadequate for Mars mission.
The Sacramento Bee Link to Story

About

EDWARD ORTIZ

Science and Arts Writer; Screenwriter

Former Science and Environment Writer at the Sacramento Bee.

Former environment reporter with the Providence Journal, and general assignment reporter at the Boston Globe.

** NYU - Tisch School if the Arts, MFA '98 - Screenwriting

** Knight Digital Media Fellow - UC Berkeley - 2008

** NEA Fellow - Columbia University - Classical music and opera reporting - 2006

** Sloan Foundation Science Screenwriting Award - 1997