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Brown University
Providence, RI; 2002
  • MA, Environmental Studies (also completed communications and public perception courses)

Williams College
Williamstown, MA; 1998
  • BA, Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience


Freelance Science and Health Writer
January 2003-present
  • Writes feature stories on science, nutrition, medicine, and the environment for both general interest and specialized audiences
  • Recent clients include Good Housekeeping, EatingWell and Proto

Reporter/Researcher Intern
Discover (circulation: over 1 million worldwide), New York City, New York; September 2002-December 2002
  • Wrote monthly news stories for the magazine
  • Created weekly feature articles for the magazine’s website
  • Checked facts for the Vital Signs, Sky Lights, Reviews, Letters, Quotes, and Resources departments of the magazine

Reporter/Researcher Intern
Scientific American online (website visits per month: 850,000; circulation: over 1 million worldwide), New York City, New York; May 2002-July 2002
  • Covered daily breaking news stories; created, explained and wrote about complex issues in under three hours
  • Worked independently and remotely from Boston, MA, writing more than 40 stories in 10 weeks

Researcher/Reporter Intern
Annals of Improbable Research (circulation: 2,000), Cambridge, Massachusetts; June 2002-August 2002
  • Generated ideas and wrote articles for the bi-monthly humor publication that also stages the Ig Nobel prizes each year

Contributing Writer
Focus (circulation: 17,000), the newspaper of the graduate, medical, dental, and public health schools at Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts; April 1999 – June 2000
  • Composed an opinion/editorial column for a university news publication, writing pieces on human disease research, the increasingly important role of the Internet in personal medical care, and the daily realities of scientific research


Master’s Thesis: “Air Quality and Comparative Exposure: A Parcel-Level Cumulative Risk Analysis,”
Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Providence, RI; June 2001 – May 2002
  • Investigated and compared the air quality of various neighborhoods in Providence, RI using GIS and computer modeling
  • Developed and published a multi-media thesis on the Internet, using text, charts, maps, and photographs for the public to use
  • Research was accepted for presentation at two national meetings

Genetics and Nervous System Research Technician
Hart Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; June 1998 – June 2000
  • Conducted independent research on the nervous system of the worm C. elegans as part of a neurodegeneration laboratory
  • Formally presented research regularly, attended national meetings, published research in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Awards:

  • Finalist, 2017 IACP award for Food Writing That Makes a Difference for “Flying the Coop” (EatingWell)
  • Winner, 2015 American Society of Journalists and Authors award for Best Service article for "Clucked!" (Men's Health)
  • Winner, 2015 American Society of Journalists and Authors award for Best Science/Technology/Business article for "Comprehension Test" (Proto)
  • Winner, 2014 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the category of Health and Well-Being for "The Whole-Grain, Reduced-Fat, Zero-Calorie, High-Fiber, Lightly Sweetened Truth About Food Labels" (EatingWell)
  • Winner, 2014 American Society of Journalists and Authors award for Best Service Article for "The Whole-Grain, Reduced-Fat, Zero-Calorie, High-Fiber, Lightly Sweetened Truth About Food Labels" (EatingWell)
  • Finalist, 2014 Bert Greene Journalism Award in the category of Culinary Writing that Makes a Difference for "The Whole-Grain, Reduced-Fat, Zero-Calorie, High-Fiber, Lightly Sweetened Truth About Food Labels" (EatingWell)
  • Winner, 2013 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the category of Health and Well-Being for "Solving the Sugar Puzzle" (EatingWell)
  • Winner, 2013 American Society of Journalists and Authors award for Best Service article for "Solving the Sugar Puzzle" (EatingWell)
  • Winner, 2013 Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism for "Is Your Tap Water Safe?" (Good Housekeeping)
  • Honorable Mention, 2013 American Society of Journalists and Authors in the category of Reporting on a Significant Topic for "Is Your Tap Water Safe?" (Good Housekeeping)
  • Honorable Mention, 2013 American Society of Journalists and Authors award in the category of Science/Technology/Business for "Our Innate Defense" (Proto)
  • Winner, 2011 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the category of Health and Nutrition for "Captain of the Happier Meal" (EatingWell)
  • Finalist, 2011 National Magazine Award in the category of Personal Service for "The (Surprising) Truth About Salt" (Good Housekeeping)
  • Finalist, 2011 Bert Greene Food Journalism Award for "The (Surprising) Truth About Salt" (Good Housekeeping)
  • Finalist, 2011 ASJA Outstanding Article Award, Business/Technology for "Entry Fee" (Proto)
  • Winner, 2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the category of Best Reporting on Nutrition of Consumer Issues for "How to Feed Your Mind" (EatingWell)
  • Winner, 2007 Bert Greene Food Journalism Award for “Miracle Up North” (EatingWell)
  • Finalist, 2007 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the category of Newspaper or Magazine Reporting on Nutrition or Food-Related Consumer issues for “Miracle Up North” (EatingWell)
  • Finalist, 2006 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the category of Newspaper or Magazine Reporting on Nutrition or Food-Related Consumer issues for “Faux Food: Where Have All Our Nutrients Gone?” (EatingWell)

Professional Memberships:
American Society of Journalists and Authors, National Association of Science Writers, National Federation of Press Women