In 2021 and early 2022, Susan served as the nuclear risk editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, an editorially independent publication of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. In that role, she regularly worked with high-profile scholars in the United States and beyond to help them distill the policy implications of their research into articles that the public and policymakers could understand. Many of the articles that she solicited, edited, and published were referenced in Congressional hearings and other policymaking settings. Here are some examples of her edited articles:
March 3, 2022
By Rose Gottemoeller, former NATO Deputy Secretary General (2016 – 2019) and former Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the US State Department.
US Defense to its workforce: Nuclear war can be won
February 2, 2022
By Stewart Prager, professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University, an affiliated faculty member in the Program on Science and Global Security, and a cofounder of the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction. Also by Alan Kaptanoglu, 2020-2021 Next-Generation Fellow, sponsored by the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction.
Ukraine building a nuclear bomb? Dangerous nonsense.
March 9, 2022
By Mariana Budjeryn, Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Also by Matthew Bunn, the Co-Principal Investigator of the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.
Tacit rules to avoid a NATO-Russia war
March 14, 2022
By Steven Pifer, former US ambassador to Ukraine and current William J. Perry Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Read the fine print: Russia’s nuclear weapon use policy
March 10, 2022
By David Holloway, the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies.
Here's what Western leaders need to remember about Zelensky's emotional appeals
By Roger Petersen, the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science at MIT.
Accusations (and evidence) of Russian war crimes in Ukraine
March 9, 2022
By Norman M. Naimark, McDonnell Professor of History at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Nuclear Notebook: How many nuclear weapons does Russia have in 2022?
February 23, 2022
By Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, DC. Also by Matt Korda, a Senior Research Associate for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.
US defense to its workforce: Nuclear war can be won.
February 2, 2022
By Stewart Prager, Princeton University Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and former director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Also by Alan Kaptanoglu, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Washington.
Why joint US-South Korean research on plutonium separation raises nuclear proliferation danger
January 13, 2022
By Frank N. von Hippel, co-founder of Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security, founding co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, and a former assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology. Also by Jungmin Kang, Member of South Korea’s International Panel on Fissile Materials and former chair of South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission.
Russia threatened a “military-technical” response for unmet demands. What could that mean?
January 18, 2022
By Pavel Podvig, a physicist trained at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, former head of the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces Research Project, and author of “Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces,” which updates information in real time.
Susan also has considerable experience editing and condensing the transcripts of interviews I conduct with high-profile scientists. The end products of my edited, condensed interviews are published as stories. Here are a few examples:
Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine's most-followed war journalist is a "dude" from Donbas
An edited, condensed interview with Kyiv Independent's defense reporter, Illia Ponomarenko, who has captured the hearts of more than 1.1 million followers on Twitter
Games, beauty, and AI's potential to avert human-made disasters
An edited, condensed interview with Google's DeepMind co-founder David Silver
The NASA Engineer Who's a Mathematician at Heart | Quanta Magazine
An edited, condensed interview with Christine Darden, featured in the book, Hidden Figures
The Computer Scientist Who Can't Stop Telling Stories | Quanta Magazine
An edited, condensed interview with Stanford Professor of The Art of Computer Programming and Turing Award recipient Donald Knuth
To Boldly Go Where No Internet Protocol Has Gone Before | Quanta Magazine | Republished in Scientific American
An edited, condensed interview with Google's Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf, a Turing Award recipient widely known as the "father of the internet"
Cryptography Pioneer Seeks Secure Elections the Low-Tech Way | Quanta Magazine
An edited, condensed interview with MIT Institute Professor and Turing Award recipient Ronald Rivest
The Architect of Modern Algorithms | Quanta Magazine
An edited, condensed interview with MIT Institute Professor and Turing Award recipient Barbara Liskov