October 25, 2016

Hooray! Author copies of my most recent book arrived over the weekend: The Science of Dinosaurs, part of the Super Awesome Science series from ABDO publishing. The book is aimed at grades 3 to 6, a much younger age range than my usual audience. And it’s about dinosaurs. My son (almost 2) loves dinosaurs. So […]

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More Video Games

October 14, 2016

Well, I guess I’ve found my niche in children’s nonfiction: video games. My husband used to work as a software engineer on games (like, 5 years ago), and conversations with him way back then led me to propose an article on video games to Odyssey magazine. Well, that article eventually landed me my first book […]

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From Brainwaves to Mind Reading

September 26, 2016

My latest article was just published on Science News for Students: One day, computers may decode your dreams Along with it, I wrote this explainer: How to read brain activity When I set out to write this article, the only real guidance I had was to write something about the science of brainwaves, including what […]

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Thinking Differently

September 7, 2016

I’ve been fact checking every issue of Muse magazine for a little over a year now. This job requires carefully reading every word of every issue. As a result, I feel a small sense of ownership for all of the articles, not just the ones I wrote. (I still contribute regularly, and someone else fact […]

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Chili Pepper Science

June 7, 2016

Sometimes, an article just seems to write itself. That was the case with my most recent piece, “The Cool Science of Hot Peppers.” Usually, my articles for Science News for Students go through at least three rounds of substantial edits. It can be a long, painstaking process to make the article the best it can […]

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News Reporting: Teen Health

April 25, 2016

A couple of months ago, I started reporting on news stories for Science News for Students. My first few topics ranged from nuclear energy to sea otters. Recently, though, I seem to have stumbled onto a theme: health news. My last few stories have looked at obesity, acne, and tooth decay. Health has never been an […]

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From Crazy Critters to Magic Potions

March 25, 2016

This spring, I have three silly activities coming out in Muse magazine. Writing an activity is always a fun break from working on a feature article. Especially when I get to try out the experiment myself and take pictures! The first game, appearing in the March 2016 issue, challenges kids to figure out which creatures are […]

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Cutting Edge Technology

February 18, 2016

Last spring, I wrote two books in three months. While also caring for my then-5-month-old son full time. Craziness! Today, I got to see the final product. These two beautiful books came in the mail: The books are part of a larger series on Cutting Edge Science and Technology from ABDO publishing. A book packager contacted […]

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Animal Ethics

January 28, 2016

Usually, as a science writer, I cover topics that are pretty non-controversial. (To the general public, anyway. You’d be surprised how riled up some researchers get about seemingly mundane topics such as acne). In this month’s issue of Muse, however, the theme was ethics. And the editor asked me to cover animals. I wrote a […]

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My First Infographic

January 15, 2016

My six-year-old nephew is obsessed with volcanoes and other disasters. I was so touched when my sister sent me a picture of him devouring my latest article in the January 2016 issue of Muse magazine! I got to write about his favorite topic. But it wasn’t a regular feature article. The editor asked me to develop […]

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