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was the seventh editor in chief
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of Scientific American
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magazine. He holds a bachelors of science degree in biology from Yale University
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. After graduating in 1981, he worked for some years as a researcher at Harvard Medical School
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, before he began his career as a science writer.
Rennie currently teaches science writing as adjunct professor at New York University
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's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and writes his The Gleaming Retort
on the PLoS Blogs Network.
He joined the Board of Editors at Scientific American in 1989. Rennie has written and edited articles on biology, technology and medicine and helped Scientific American
produce award-winning single-topic issues for a variety of publications. He was editor of the magazine for almost fifteen years, from late 1994 to June 2009.
He appeared as a commentator in the History Channel programs "Clash of the Cavemen", and "That's Impossible".
Rennie has performed improv in New York City and his home town of Boston, and also holds a black-belt in karate.