Emily Ruppel is a PhD student in communications at the University of Pittsburgh, with focus areas in rhetoric and science, bioethics, STS, feminist theory, and oral history. Concurrent with her PhD, Emily is pursuing a master's degree at the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, with a focus on medical research ethics. This is partly an extension of the work she began with her master's thesis at MIT on the scientific and ethical controversies surrounding the world's first successful hand transplants. In her spare time Emily works freelance as Editor of God and Nature magazine, a publication launched in 2011 by the American Scientific Affiliation to help stimulate conversations "beyond the origins controversy" in science and religion. G&N publishes articles, interviews, poetry, and artwork from writers and scholars around the world on various topics of interest to scientists and people of faith.