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Ragan Conference, speaker and panel moderator

SXSW 2018, panel moderator: “Saving Coral Reefs One Pixel at a Time” Facebook; press                                          March 10, 2018

UNC Libraries, speaker: “Don’t Be Boring…and Other Pro Tips for Talking About Science” YouTube; press                       Oct 25, 2017

The New York Times, Writer; Researcher; Fact checker                                     Feb 2016-present

Played a crucial role in the initial shaping and development of Trilobites, an innovative digital column about science. Write, report, acquire photos and videos and create GIFs for press release and enterprise stories as freelancer for weekly Trilobites. Also write longer news, explainers, photo-based stories and features including a cover story: “This Coral Must Die.” Collaborate across desks to communicate science expertise as a fact checker for NYT Style (current) and previously tracking down ideas and writing scripts for Facebook 360, a virtual reality video team.

Spectrum, Fact Checker                                                                                        Jan 2016-present

Meticulously check facts in long-form stories using original documents, scientific papers and interviews for this digital news publication about autism research. Organize details and suggest, communicate and decide on changes with writers and editors.                         

Omni, Associate Editor   Dec 2014-Jan 2015

Created, proofed and copyedited display copy for special reprint including iconic interviews with Freeman Dyson and John Lilly that were originally published in the classic science and science fiction magazine, Omni.

Nautilus Magazine, Editorial Intern  Aug 2015-Feb 2016

Reported and wrote blogs, pitched stories based around themes, rigorously fact-checked long-form stories, collaborated with writers, scientists, editors and art directors, contributed to editorial meetings about art, story and audience building.

The New York Times, Intern  May-Aug 2015

Expanded audience and engaged readers via social media, inspired the launch of Trilobites and received recognition in Nieman Lab and across newspaper departments for work co-leading Summer of Science, a successful science series experimenting with visuals.

Aeon Magazine, Editorial Intern
                                                                                Feb-May 2015

Wrote daily opinion pieces for an experimental platform designed for interactivity with an audience of scientists, academics and likeminded individuals. Fact-checked and edited essays about science and culture. Pitched essays and videos.

Scienceline.org, Special Projects Director; Reporter                                      Sept 2014-Dec 2015

Led a creative team in production and editing of an innovative special issue on dormancy that published in four chapters over a summer month, produced podcast about a nightshift nurse and reported on a wide range including: environment, microbes, neuroscience, behavior, health and medicine. Staff of Scienceline received SPJ Mark of Excellence Award as a finalist for best student-run website in 2015.

Blue Chalk Media, Ochre Fellow                                                                     April 2014-Aug 2014

Wrote features and launched Ochre, a digital publication about the visual storytelling industry that was nominated for three Webby awards. Assisted in website design and marketing strategy for social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

NYU Center for Neural Science, Dr. Joseph LeDoux
, Online Community and Social Media Manager; Junior Research Scientist Sept 2009-June 2014

Created, managed and edited blog and social media. Initiated and played an integral role in orchestrating a website redesign. Led project and published academic papers on fear, memory and post-traumatic-stress-disorder. Mentored students and trained incoming members.

Duke University Talent Identification Program, Psychology Instructor; Psychology Teaching Assistant                                   2008-2009

Designed core curriculum, syllabus and lesson plans. Lectured and led activities for 30 middle-school children.


New York University Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, New York, NY

Master of Arts, Science Journalism, Dec 2015

Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Master of Arts, General/Experimental Psychology, with honors, 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, English minor, study abroad England, cum laude 2006


SKILLS: Public speaking, radio appearances, video, podcast, GIFs, Adobe Creative Suite, Merlin, Photo Mechanic, NYU certificate (social media marketing), Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, SQL data analysis, statistical analysis with SPSS and GraphPad, web server deployment, markup, html, JavaScript, CSS, CMS, Slack, business model development, editing, scheduling, budgeting, talking to strangers (but not taking candy), running relatively fast, hiking, training dogs (just mine), making deviled eggs and writing poems.