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Erika Check Hayden

Freelance writer

Erika Check Hayden is an award-winning, San Francisco-based science and technology reporter. She writes for Nature, and on a freelance basis for a variety of publications, and is a lecturer in the University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communication Program.

October 2018
letters and numbers made out of mice, MRIs and other materials.

For studies, size matters: Let us count the ways

by  /  17 October 2018

In autism research, as in other fields, small sample sizes can lead to false findings. The size of the sample needed for statistical significance depends on the type of study.

April 2017

Preprint server bioRxiv gets boost from Facebook billionaire

by  /  28 April 2017

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has pledged to provide financial support for bioRxiv, a website where researchers can share manuscripts before peer review.


Book review: ‘Rigor Mortis’ reveals rampant sloppiness in science

by  /  4 April 2017

In his new book, journalist Richard Harris writes that lack of reproducibility in research poses a serious threat to science.

April 2016

Rising star: Somer Bishop fine-tunes autism diagnosis

by  /  28 April 2016

Somer Bishop is launching a revolution in autism diagnosis, creating faster, more precise tools that speed research and better capture the full spectrum of autism symptoms.