Past job titles include Senior Science Writer, Chemistry Teacher, Writer/Editor, Journalist, Press Officer, and Researcher. For more details, check out my profile on LinkedIn.
Inspire Positive Change
My professional goal is to inspire positive change and advance well-being through writing, teaching, and research. I remain a “professional beginner” and seek partnerships that advance the most effective ways of benefiting others, and specifically, to work with groups applying the principles of effective altruism.
Workshops on Scientific Writing
Drawing from nearly a decade of experience as a developmental editor, I offer a unique series that helps researchers, postdocs, and graduate students learn to write scientific papers. I help individual, research groups, and departments. These workshops integrate my passions for science, writing, and teaching. If you or your group needs help with scientific writing, please start a conversation.
- ScienceWriting.net – Social entrepreneurship project with a mission of providing graduate students with the resources they need to become effective scientific writers in English. Our ultimate goal is to slow the talent leak from research, particularly in essential and neglected areas. The team has a comparative advantage with over 500 combined publications, papers, and proposals.
- MauiMaui.org – Community-based reporting project with a mission of providing an insider-outsider perspective to visitors. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the “loved-to-death” impact of the global tourism industry on the Hawaiian islands, which suffers many endangered species and resources. We create content that helps visitors to understand and integrate with local culture, traditions, values, and resources.
My formal academic training allows me to critically read primary research in multiple fields, including education, economics, sociology, anthropology, history, cognitive science, biomedical science, biochemistry, and environmental science. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in education at Johns Hopkins University. I also hold a Masters in Education with Teaching Credential from UC San Diego, Masters in Biomedical Sciences with a specialty in Tropical Medicine from the University of Hawaii, and an on-the-job Masters equivalent in journalism. I earned a Bachelor’s in Biology, Chemistry, and Anthropology from Boston University.
I am a polymath with deep interests in science, data, statistics, narrative, writing, visual arts, cognition, communication, and learning. I am interested in opportunities that move the needle to improve the lives of vulnerable groups, especially women, children, and marginalized people. I thrive when my work benefits others. For example, my colleagues at my recent teaching position refer to me as “the last Jedi” because I use the force of compassion in concert with reasoned prioritization to affect change.
Approach to Work and Service
If my students have taught me anything, it is to remain open, adopt an attitude of humility, reflect, and seek learning and growth. My openness and humility make me a strong collaborator who brings high value to any team. I prefer to work on problems with measurable impact to improve people’s lives. I am especially concerned about global health and the welfare of vulnerable groups, animals, food systems, climate change, ocean acidification, and other catastrophic risks. My general approach to solving problems is to apply creative and analytical thinking to uncover trends, analyze patterns, develop strategic thinking, and collaboratively apply evidence-based planning. I am open to partnerships with organizations committed to the principles of effective altruism.
Publications and Awards
My published work has appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Nature, Nature Medicine, Science, and many more. I was a regular contributor to Nature Medicine from 2007 to 2010 and Hana Hou! from 2007-2013. I am the first author on several research papers, including the 2018 Science Teacher publication of my master’s thesis research entitled, “Love the Lab, Hate the Lab Report.”
In 2017, I won a national teaching award from the National Science Teachers Association award for my work with diverse students in a high-needs district located 10 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico. Other awards include fellowships from the NSF Noyce program in 2013-14, the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program in 2013-15, and the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley in 2012.
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