I write about science and society.
Translating science for the public and sharing scientists' stories
Science communication does a crucial job: it links research - and the scientists who carry it out - to the public. Everyone, from curious elementary school kids to policymakers, uses it. The most effective and, arguably, important science writing isn't just about clearly conveying new scientific information - it's about the narrative of how science is done and who's doing it. Through my writing, I aim not only to inform my readers, but also to show the personal side of science and connect it to current events and culture.
Looking critically at the intersection of academia, race, and gender
Academia, and science fields in particular, remain lacking in racial and socioeconomic diversity. I'm curious about how media coverage of scientists reflects those biases (as well as others, like ableism and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment). What portrait of science and academia do the media paint? How might that influence perceptions of who is welcome in and successful at science?
Environmental science and social justice
I am also interested in how society interacts with and is directly & indirectly shaped by research and policy - again, through the intersectional lenses of race and gender. I'm looking forward to writing more about this in the future - contact me if you'd like to collaborate on a project!
I founded and serve as editor-in-chief for the Michigan AWIS blog, which I created to elevate the voices of women in STEM in the Michigan community. We provide these women a platform to share their stories and highlight the work they're doing with the aim of increasing visibility of diverse voices in STEM. I also edit for Michigan Science Writers. I find it incredibly rewarding to help people craft their stories the way they want them to be told.
I love helping people find their narrative and (nerd alert) editing pieces to ensure stories are told smoothly and with the author's intended effect. Let me know if I can help you!
Tiny desert microbial communities are helping us figure out when life evolved on land.