• hermit crab in Okinawa

    The scientific method is the plot of the

    greatest stories.

    I make captivating stories out of complex results. I have studied or worked in America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Cambodia. This website provides an introduction to my professional work, and shares some photos from my personal adventures.

  • MULTIMEDIA

    infographics and videos created about scientific research

    The Pregnancy Waddle

    video for Hiroshima University

    I edited research footage into this video to accompany a press release that I wrote.

    Lobsters that Ride and Eat Jellyfish

    video for Hiroshima University

    I introduced one faculty member's research specialty using scientific images and laboratory video.

    Numerical Introduction

    infographic for Hiroshima University

    Image created for Facebook using university statistics.

    Research Accomplishments

    infographic for Hiroshima University

     Image created for Social Media to publicize one research group's contributions on global day of disease awareness.

  • WRITING SAMPLES

    stories in a range of styles for a variety of venues

    Press release originally written for Hiroshima University in August 2016. Lobsters eat jellyfish without harm from the venomous stingers due to a series of physical adaptations. Researchers from Hiroshima University examined lobster feces to discover that lobsters surround their servings of...
    Press release originally written for Hiroshima University. Movie sets are normally the home of three-dimensional motion caption systems, but researchers used the same video recording system in a lab to measure the way pregnant women walk. This is the first research study to use 3D motion...
    A new study on the connection between earthquakes and volcanoes took its inspiration from old engineering basics. Future applications of these results may enable better predictions of the likelihood of a volcanic eruption for communities affected by an earthquake. If you swirl wine in a glass...
    Photostory originally published on Facebook for Hiroshima University. Collapsed buildings in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan Hiroshima University researchers Hideaki Goto and Yasuhiro Kumahara specialize in geomorphology – studying the shape of Earth’s surface. They arrived in Kumamoto on...
    Script writer for YouTube channel SciShow. Thinking about happy memories might make you feel happy. But not all memories are pleasant. Some things are just embarrassing, like that time you ordered red wine with fish on a date. And some unpleasant memories can be a lot more serious and traumatic...
    Children's science magazine article originally written for The Helix. Sometimes scientists go to extreme places to do their research. Scientists who study the earliest humans often find themselves underground. Old Bones for New Information Studying the bones of ancient humans helps...
    Magazine feature originally written for the Repetitive Strain and Overuse Injury Society. Hand-held tablet computers are increasingly popular forms of technology that enable easy access to all the benefits of the Internet and on some devices even telephone contacts. However, tablets currently...
  • ABRIDGED WORK history

    Please contact me for a PDF copy of my full resume tailored to your specific employment opportunity.

    STEM Coordinator

    Cambodian Children's Fund

    -First science-dedicated staff member at a charity-funded public high school in an urban slum serving severely disadvantaged students in a resource-limited environment

    -Plan and lead 18 hours of professional development for team of 24 Cambodian teachers

    -Mentor a teacher and lab assistant to independently deliver 12-hours of hands-on STEM activities with high school students

    -Graphic design pictorial science activity instruction sheets and experiment protocols
    -Supervise the staff or volunteer Leaders of seven STEM Clubs

    -Liaise with other local stakeholders to achieve shared goals

    Science Communication Media Officer

    Hiroshima University

    -Relationship and capacity building within a small team; first non-Japanese member of the 20-person office

    -Monitor media coverage; create semi-annual reports for executive leadership

    -Plan and lead Media Skills Workshops for university students and faculty members to promote successful interactions with professional journalists

    -Generate news coverage by US News & World Report, Popular Science, The Atlantic, American National Public Radio's Shots Blog, and others
    -Interview faculty and students; coordinate media efforts with external collaborators

    Science Outreach Educator

    Shell Questacon Science Circus

    -Coordinate and lead professional development workshops for primary and secondary teachers

    -Event manager of 12-member team during two public events with public audiences of over 500

    -Research and develop demonstrations using simple materials to explain complex scientific concepts

    -Perform science demonstrations for primary through adult audiences of four to 500 people

    -Develop and implement 90-minute and two-day science workshops for high school students

    -Contribute as part of a small team with overlapping roles; maintain interpersonal harmony within team

    -Serve as public face of Questacon, Australian National University, and Shell

    Research Technician, Lab Manager

    Magee-Women's Research Institute

    -Investigate glycogen storage in placenta, design knock-out mouse using recombineering techniques

    -Prioritize project tasks and apply excellent time-management to maintain 300-cage mouse colony

    -Contribute to forming research questions; evaluate research strategies based on data collected

    -Collaborate with senior lab members to coordinate experiments

    -Streamline record keeping procedures by eliminating redundancies and simplifying spread sheets

  • SKILLS and education

    official degrees and brief examples of the skills that you can't get on a certificate

    Master's of Science Communication

    Australian National University, graduated 2014

    Create print, web, social media, verbal, and museum styles of science communication to encourage public engagement with and comprehension of science

     

    Apply understanding of emotional and psychological factors that influence the public’s perception of science and methods for confronting misconceptions

    Bachelor's of Science, Major in Biology

    Allegheny College, graduated 2012

    GPA in Biology 3.9 out of 4.0, Overall QPA: 3.6 out of 4.0

    Specialized focus in genetics as well as print and web journalism

    Diverse and Disparate Teams

    -I have integrated into workplaces in foreign countries and cultures in teams or offices of four to 18 other people.
    -I wrote magazine and newspaper science stories as a remote freelancer, communication with my sources and publishers entirely electronically, often in different time zones.
    -Independently or in two-person teams, I interacted with visitors on a face-to-face basis to engage and excite audiences about scientific phenomena relevant to their daily lives at museums in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. I adapted my working style to connect with different audiences and collaborate with my co-presenters.

    Budget, Database, and Schedule Recording

    -I efficiently progress the writing and editing timelines of multiple concurrent science writing and multimedia stories.

    -I accounted for individual requests when creating 13 days of schedules for a 12-member science presentation team and adapted the schedule as necessary due to unforeseeable changes necessitated by weather or illness.
    -I managed the breeding schedule of 40 unique genetic strains of mice in a 300-cage mouse colony. I took the initiative to update the electronic records keeping method to improve improved efficiency and reduce the potential for future errors.
    -I recorded expenses for a research grant budget involving expenses from two different accounts by four researchers.

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