Professional Experience

American Institute of Physics (AIP), College Park, Md., Media Services Writer
  • Review technical papers, interview scientists, write lay-friendly news releases that explain research and its significance
  • Manage press efforts at scientific conferences; run press rooms and organize, moderate, and webcast news briefings
  • Assign stories to freelance writers and edit their work
July 2011 –
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Ill., Science Communicator for Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF)
  • Designed interactive online virtual tour for the CDF research group at Fermilab; wrote short essays explaining each part of detector
  • Filmed and edited videos for website; see
  • Created self-guided tour for visitors to CDF with posters, timeline, and interactive video display
July 2006 –
August 2008

Paid Internships

Science News magazine, Washington, D.C., Writer Intern
  • Wrote weekly news articles and monthly feature stories on research in biology, paleontology, physics, environmental science
June –
October 2009
CERN Press Office in Geneva, Switzerland, Student Journalist
  • Wrote daily news stories for English portion of CERN Bulletin; assisted with editing
February –
May 2007
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Ill., Science-writing intern for Fermilab Public Affairs
  • Wrote daily news stories, features for lab newsletter Fermilab Today and for symmetry magazine
March –
June 2006


University of Southern California, M.A. Specialized Journalism – Science
  • Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California
  • Taylor/Blakeslee Fellowship for Graduate Study in Science Writing
  • NASW Graduate Travel Fellowship for 2008 Science Writers Conference
  • Invited to participate in 2008 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) on Complex Systems; contributed chapter to conference publication
May 2010
University of California-Los Angeles, B.A. English – World Literature
  • Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Outstanding Senior Award, for academic achievement and service to community; three awarded among UCLA graduating class of 6,000
  • Study Abroad at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, Summer 2003
June 2005

Additional Work Experience

Independent Filmmaker ("The Cyclotron Kids")
  • Co-producing a documentary on young people who build their own cyclotrons for fun; film examines modern uses for cyclotrons, especially medical and educational
April 2010 –
Radio Producer/Contributor, Annenberg Radio News
  • Produced two radio pieces for series on hunger in California and its social implications; broadcast on Annenberg Radio News and Neon Tommy, the online publication for the University of Southern California's journalism school
June 2009
Publications Assistant to Science Writer K.C. Cole
  • Catalogued all source materials, wrote source citations for two books: Mind Over Matter (2004) and Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens (2009), a biography of physicist Frank Oppenheimer
2002 – 2008
Contributor, UCLA Daily Bruin
  • Wrote biweekly articles on UCLA science news; several pieces selected for online publication in Washington Week: Student Voices and The New York Times online
2002 – 2005

Professional Memberships

  • DC Science Writers Association (DCSWA) – President-elect for 2014; board member since 2012
  • National Association of Science Writers (NASW)


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