I always thought I would be a chemistry professor. Actually, I was a chemistry professor for five years before I became a writer. I taught freshman lectures and upper-level analytical classes at Temple University in Philadelphia. What a rewarding endeavor! I infused my teaching with a love of the subject that I realized in high school.
I studied chemistry at the University of Florida and then earned a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Houston. A desire for a new challenge aligned with my family's need for childcare. So I quit my job at Temple to study science writing. The career move opened my mind to a whole new way of looking at science. It has been a wonderfully enlightening experience. Weirdly, I get more fulfillment from the puzzle of how to communicate scientific research than I ever did performing scientific research. I guess we all have our niche. Everyday is something new and I love it!
I have seven years of writing experience that includes all types of communication: long form, news pieces, press releases and marketing content. I've written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Scientific American. I write for The American Chemistry Society and Chemical and Engineering News' Brand Lab. I'm a regular contributor to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences alumni magazine, Omnia. Since moving to Raleigh, NC I have worked with the communications offices at Wake Forest and The University of North Carolina, Greensboro and published lifestyle articles in Walter Magazine. For more links to my work check out my resume.