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Ashton Applewhite

Writer and journalist Ashton Applewhite is a visiting ISP Fellow, a Knight Fellow, and a New York Times Fellow. She is at work on a book about people over 80 in the workforce called Staying Vertical: Dispatches from the Old Old on Work and Happiness. Between 1900 and 2000, life expectancy in the United States increased by over 30 years. Applewhite is interested in our pervasive ambivalence towards the new longevity, in the technologies that have enabled it and the policies that will shape it, and in the requisite transformation of both the personal experience of aging and of cultural attitudes towards older people. She is the author of Cutting Loose:  Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well (HarperCollins, 1997) among other books, and, pseudonymously, was the first woman to have four books on the New York Times bestseller list at once. Applewhite is on staff at the American Museum of Natural History, where she has written about the cosmic microwave background, deep-sea vents, and a lot of animals and minerals in between, including educational materials for the PBS series Our Genes, Our Choices. A board member of the Council on Contemporary Families, Applewhite runs their annual Media Awards for Outstanding Coverage of Family Issues. As a contributing editor of the International Electronic and Electrical Engineers’ magazine IEEE Spectrum, she has profiled innovative technologists and written feature articles, most recently traveling to Laos to cover a village getting internet access via a bicycle-powered computer.
Ashton Applewhite