Madeline K. Sofia Madeline Sofia is an associate producer on NPR's Science Desk.
Maddie Sofia 2018 square
Stories By

Madeline K. Sofia

Meredith Rizzo/NPR
Maddie Sofia 2018
Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Madeline K. Sofia

Associate Producer, Science Desk

Madeline Sofia is an associate producer on NPR's Science Desk. She is the host of the show Maddie About Science, which takes viewers behind the scenes with scientists, revealing their motivations and sharing their research—from insect mimics to space probes headed for the sun.

The show is part of the special project Joe's Big Idea. The goal of Joe's Big Idea is to tell scientific stories that explore the minds and motivations of researchers, and highlight the scientific process. Joe's Big Idea is also involved in helping young scientists become better scientific communicators. These scientists are part of a world-wide group known as Friends of Joe's Big Idea, or FOJBIs. Madeline is in charge of connecting the FOJBI community and facilitating their growth as communicators. FOJBIs regularly volunteer at outreach events, hold science socials, and contribute to blogs.

Before working at NPR, Madeline received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied Vibrio cholerae, a fascinating 4 billion-year-old, single-celled organism that's evolved to outsmart the human immune system — and cause cholerae. If you're interested in working with us, check out the JBI Facebook page.

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

Saving Hellbender Salamanders NPR hide caption

toggle caption
NPR

VIDEO: Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/545796084/550892217" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Avi Ofer for NPR

How Moldy Hay And Sick Cows Led To A Lifesaving Drug

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/531749974/547099694" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Northern elephant seals recognize each other's voices based on rhythm and pitch. Nicolas Mathevon/Current Biology hide caption

toggle caption
Nicolas Mathevon/Current Biology

Threat call of a northern elephant seal

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/538092965/538098553" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Deilephila elpenor, commonly called the elephant hawk-moth, has specialized eyes that don't reflect light. Such moths inspired scientists to invent an anti-glare coating for smart screens. Ullstein Bild/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

A blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, engulfs krill off the coast of California. Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B hide caption

toggle caption
Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/529505847/529804700" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In an artist's rendering, a gigantic, cassowarylike dinosaur named Beibeilong, which lived some 90 million years ago, incubates its eggs. Zhao Chuang/Nature Communications hide caption

toggle caption
Zhao Chuang/Nature Communications