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Senior Editor, Discover Magazine (June 2014 - January 2015)
Edited and top-edited narrative features, packaged features, columns and shorts. Top-edited the magazine’s Big Idea column, which covers potentially game-changing early-stage research, and its Mind Over Matter column, which covers neuroscience and psychology. Conceived, developed, and helped edit special package on the future of energy. Mentored younger editors.
Independent writer and editor covering science, technology and sustainability. (1998-June 2014; January 2015 - present)
Science and Technology Journalism
- Accomplished reporter, interviewer and writer with proven ability to write about science, technology, people and complex ideas in clear and compelling ways.
Award-winning writer of long-form journalism, including magazine features.
- Wrote about science, technology, health and sustainability for national publications such as Popular Science, Wired, ScientificAmerican.com, New Scientist, Pacific Standard and Reader’s Digest.
Coauthor, with the late Paul Epstein, MD, of Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It (University of California Press, 2011), the first book on the human health effects of climate change. Ghostwrote story of coauthor’s tales of discovery; did extensive original reporting from three continents, and wrote the book.
SPEAKING AND MEDIA APPEARANCES
- Available to speak about climate change, health, and sustainable technological and policy solutions. Hosts have included universities, medical centers, research institutions, environmental conferences, and civic and religious groups. Coauthor, with the late Paul Epstein, MD, of Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It (University of California Press, 2011), the first book on the human health effects of climate change. Ghostwrote story of coauthor’s tales of discovery; did extensive original reporting from three continents, and wrote the book.
- Guest on more than 20 radio talk shows, where I've discussed climate change, health, and sustainability.
Taught science writing to journalism students at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Created and taught online science-writing course for professional journalists.
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Green Book Festival Award, 2012. Changing Planet, Changing Health won in the science category.
"Will Artificial Muscle Make You Stronger?" a feature article I wrote for Popular Science, was reprinted in The Best of Technology Writing 2006.
Outstanding Article Award, Magazine Profile, from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2004, for “The Man Who Mistook His Girlfriend for a Robot,” a story I wrote for Popular Science.
“Duck Soup,” a feature story I wrote, ran in the May-June 2006 issue of Audubon, one of three issues that made the magazine a finalist for the 2007 National Magazine Award in the General Excellence category.
Best Coverage of the Environment, Society of Professional Journalists’ Best in Indiana Journalism Awards, 2010, for “Downwind of the Big Dairy Farm,” which I wrote for Nuvo Newsweekly.
M.S., journalism, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999. Elected to Kappa Tau Alpha honor society.
Ph.D., biology (biochemistry specialization), Johns Hopkins University, 1993.
B.S., zoology, Duke University, 1984. Graduated magna cum laude.