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Deputy News Editor-Biology, Science Magazine — June 2023-present

Oversee coverage of public health and infectious disease

MIT Knight Science Journalism fellow — August 2022-May 2023

Explored the history of American mental health policy through an audio storytelling project

Associate Editor, Science Magazine — April 2021-July 2022

Commissioned and edit print and online stories on health and biomedical research; report and write breaking news and features with a focus on neuroscience

Staff Writer, Science Magazine — 2014-2021

Covered biomedical research, drug development, FDA regulation, stem cell research, intellectual property, neuroscience, and other topics in print and online news stories

Reporting/Production Intern, KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz — April-June 2013

Conceived, scripted, recorded, and edited science segments for independent public radio station 

News Intern, Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper — Jan-March 2013

Wrote daily news stories on scientific research, local art/history and community events 

Honors & Awards

2020 June Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism | American Association for Cancer Research

For “War of Nerves,” on how tumor-nerve interactions might link chronic stress and cancer progression

2018 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award | American Statistical Association

For “Sizing up the Evidence,” on an initiative using statistics to reverse a legacy of junk science in courtrooms 

2017 Finalist, Science in Society Journalism Award | National Association of Science Writers

For “Winged Warriors,” on controlling insect-borne diseases in Brazil by releasing lab-engineered mosquitoes

2016 Newsbrief Award
 | D.C. Science Writers Association

For an update on the successful repair of knee joint injuries using transplanted nose cartilage cells

2013-2014 Science Writing Award
 | American Acoustical Association

For “Eavesdropping on Ecosystems,” on how networks of audio recorders can capture ecosystem degradation


University of California, Santa Cruz • Science Communication Graduate Program

Sep 2012-June 2013

Coursework: Reporting science news (social media emphasis); feature, profile, and essay writing; 
multimedia reporting and storytelling; investigative and policy reporting 

University of Georgia • Cognitive Science, B.A.

Aug. 2006-May 2010

Coursework: neuroscience, philosophy of mind, linguistic anthropology, artificial intelligence

Summa Cum Laude, 3.97 GPA Presidential Scholar, Dean’s List

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