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Changes at the Ideas Section

Posted by Josh Rothman  February 11, 2011 05:00 PM

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Times are a'changing at the Globe Ideas section: Gareth Cook will be moving on from his post as editor to write a weekly column for the Globe, and Steve Heuser, currently the deputy editor, will be taking over. Here's an announcement from Peter Canellos, editor of the Globe's editorial page. Congratulations to both Gareth and Steve!

It's a great pleasure for me to announce that Gareth Cook, after four outstanding years as editor of the Ideas section, has agreed to join our op-ed team to write a weekly column. He will also, from time to time, contribute pieces to the Ideas section. Like all columnists, Gareth will have an open purview, but his background in science, and his ability to write vividly about cutting-edge ideas, will make him a unique voice on our op-ed pages, and in Boston, a world capital of innovation.

Gareth's credentials don't need much extolling. For more than 10 years, he has been a defining figure at the Globe, as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and as an editor who embodies our highest standards. His new job as columnist will enable him to work half-time for us, while doing some outside writing.

Under Gareth's leadership, building on the excellent work of his three predecessors, the Ideas section has continued to win plaudits in the Boston area and the academic and journalism provinces. In recent years, Gareth has shared editing responsibilities fully with deputy editor Steve Heuser.

Now, I'm thrilled to say that Steve will become the next editor of Ideas, and will choose a new deputy.

Steve is a visionary editor, particularly of long, ambitious stories. He had a great reporting career, covering biotechnology and pharma, while journeying to Central America to chronicle the impact of the American drug industry on developing countries. He also served on the city desk as New England editor and deputy health and science editor, overseeing all our higher-ed coverage, and editing several Pulitzer finalists.

We're deeply fortunate to have someone of Steve's caliber to step in as Ideas editor, and to have someone of Gareth's unique skills and abilities to join our lineup of columnists, starting in April. Please join me in congratulating Gareth and Steve,


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About brainiac Brainiac is the daily blog of the Globe's Sunday Ideas section, covering news and delights from the worlds of art, science, literature, history, design, and more. You can follow us on Twitter @GlobeIdeas.
Brainiac blogger Kevin Hartnett is a writer in Columbia, South Carolina. He can be reached here.

Leon Neyfakh is the staff writer for Ideas. Amanda Katz is the deputy Ideas editor. Stephen Heuser is the Ideas editor.

Guest blogger Simon Waxman is Managing Editor of Boston Review and has written for WBUR, Alternet, McSweeney's, Jacobin, and others.

Guest blogger Elizabeth Manus is a writer living in New York City. She has been a book review editor at the Boston Phoenix, and a columnist for The New York Observer and Metro.

Guest blogger Sarah Laskow is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She edits Smithsonian's SmartNews blog and has contributed to Salon, Good, The American Prospect, Bloomberg News, and other publications.

Guest blogger Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer, publisher, and freelance semiotician. He was the original Brainiac blogger, and is currently editor of the blog HiLobrow, publisher of a series of Radium Age science fiction novels, and co-author/co-editor of several books, including the story collection "Significant Objects" and the kids' field guide to life "Unbored."

Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.

Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.


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