Born and raised in Manhattan, she returned in 2004 after spending 35 years in Pasadena, California. She stopped en route at Yale in New Haven, where she has been a lecturer in History since 2001, teaching seminars about human space flight, animal behavior, medical imaging and the intersection of the visual arts with all of the above. In California she wrote a weekly science column and was science book reviewer for The Los Angles Times. While in Pasadena she published four books about science including: Naked to the Bone, a history of Medical Imaging, Females of the Species, about the role of females in evolution, and Almost Heaven, the story of women in space, part of which she wrote in 2000-1 while holding the Charles Lindbergh Chair at the National Air and Space Museum. She is currently completing a book with her husband Dan Kevles about the idea of "tomorrow" in America's past. Along the way she has taken intellectual holidays presenting papers at international conferences: 2013 at NASA- on art in zero gravity and in 2014 at the Humboldt University in Berlin, an illustrated description of the changing role of surgeons in the light of new imaging technologies.