Fun with Bacteria: From Acne to Bioreactors

November 20, 2015

I spent a good portion of August and September learning about bacteria. I wound up writing three articles all with a similar theme: bacteria are good for us… except when they go bad. The first article came out November 3 on Science News for Students: Slime Cities. It’s all about biofilms. I’d covered this topic […]

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Einstein’s Anniversary

November 10, 2015

In 1915, Einstein published his theory of General Relativity. Our understanding of the nature of reality changed. Space and time merged, and we learned that each entity’s experience of space and time could be different depending on mass and speed. I still remember the day I learned in school that gravity results from the shape […]

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EmTech MIT

November 3, 2015

I braved the commute into and out of Boston yesterday to attend an incredible conference at MIT. One of the greatest things about being a journalist is being able to get a press pass to attend this type of event. I was mostly interested in the morning session on artificial intelligence (AI), because I’m working […]

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Quiz Whiz!

July 15, 2015

Update on October 26, 2015: Quiz Whiz 6 just came out! I got a surprise in the mail the other day — my author copies of Quiz Whiz 5. (I also worked on Quiz Whiz 4, which came out in 2011, and Quiz Whiz 6). This series gave me an interesting challenge. It involved very […]

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Technology Meets Controversy

July 13, 2015

Last year, I started writing a new column for Odyssey magazine. The editor wanted something that would focus on new and future technology, but have an interactive component that would invite readers to participate online. We came up with “YourTech.” The column poses a question relating to that month’s theme, and invites readers to form […]

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First Article for Muse: AI in Video Games

June 9, 2015

This was my first writing project after having a baby, and my first for Muse magazine. Odyssey,┬áthe magazine that published my first ever article, and the one I’ve been writing for the most for the past seven years, is no longer being published. But it is not gone completely. Odyssey’s spirit lives on in Muse, […]

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How to Work from Home with a Baby

April 17, 2015

Our first child arrived on December 3, 2014. I made the decision not to return to my full time job, and to write from home while caring for Seth (the cutie pictured here). I mailed out samples of my work to nonfiction book packagers, and received my first assignment at the end of March — […]

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Rare Rhinos, Tigers, and More

October 5, 2014

My latest article for Science News for Students goes in a totally different direction than my first one (all about free electron lasers). While rhinos and tigers are simpler in some ways than x-ray lasers, the article still took months from start to finish. First, I read Eric Dinerstein’s book, Kingdom of the Rarities (a […]

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Saturn and a Pale Blue Dot

September 13, 2014

I wrote about the Cassini mission at Saturn near the beginning of my science writing career, and ever since then I’ve been on the mission’s email list. I get updates whenever Cassini takes cool new photos, and this past summer, I found out ahead of time that the spacecraft would be turning around to take […]

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How to Talk to a Nuclear Physicist

May 2, 2014

I’ve been attending the New England SCBWI conference since 2007. In 2011 and 2012, I co-directed the whole thing! This year, for the first time, I’m on the faculty, giving a presentation on interviewing techniques. For those of you who attended the talk, thanks for coming! Here is the link to download a PDF file […]

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