I'm Lena, a science journalist and designer.
I work at ProPublica making news apps and interactive graphics. Before that I was at Scientific American, where I wrote about neuroscience and the odd quirks of the human mind. Even before that I was at Wired, where I reported on technology and the Defense Department's latest sci-fi projects. I design posters, blog occasionally, and like running (a lot).
Every year the over 2.5 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines suffer hundreds of ruptures and leaks, costing lives and millions of dollars. This interactive map tracks those accidents across the country.
A graphic built, quite literally, out of statements by current and former government officials talking about the CIA drone program – or refusing to confirm or deny its existence. Also a tribute to tiny text on the web.
An online interactive database that lets you explore and search thousands of nursing home inspection reports, written up by federal auditors who flag dangerous conditions such as missing residents or physical abuse.
A look at the evolution of national security policies from 9/11 to the present.
A collection of all the arrests and resignations in the expanding News Corp scandal, in rings of proximity to Rupert Murdoch himself.
Posters for science storytelling performances organized by the Story Collider, an online and onstage project in NYC.
A series of interactive graphics on the costs of a decade of conflict since 9/11.
A map of what states are doing with the $2.5 billion of housing aid cash they got from banks. (Hint: it's not all going towards homeowners.) Here's an explanation of the map-making process.
A timeline of the (minimal) government oversight of livestock antibiotics. Constantly feeding animals antibiotics can lead to drug resistant "super bugs" and threaten human health.
A timeline of the evolving government approach to natural gas drilling, or fracking. (Fun fact: it started with nuclear explosions.)
A series of public health posters for the Brown student body and Providence community on all kinds of topics: nutrition and fitness, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and campus safety (to name a few).