I aim to put myself out of a job as a science writer. Seriously.
After training in biomedical sciences at the University of Hawaii, I became a science writer and journalist. I love the work! However, we live in a time of media manipulation and fake news, and therefore, scientists must find their voices and speak for themselves. So I teach scientists, researchers, and other highly skilled professionals to communicate their work more effectively across all platforms.
I also teach the next generation of scientists.
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. I specialize in training young people to think critically and communicate effectively, including people with disabilities and who speak English as a second language. Academic subjects that I teach include chemistry, biology, and environmental science. I am inspired by Paolo Freire’s work with critical pedagogy. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in education at Johns Hopkins University focusing on agency and positive psychology.
Lifelong learner, that’s me.
Most recently, I earned a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning and teaching credential from the University of California San Diego, where I graduated with honors. The program focuses on equity and social justice in education. My prior academic training was in biomedical sciences, culminating in a Master’s at the University of Hawaii. My thesis project focused on identifying molecular markers of drug resistance in the parasites that cause malaria. A key part of the project was maintaining a culture of malaria parasites in the lab, and I literally gave blood weekly for my graduate research. Prior to that, I studied biology, chemistry and anthropology at Boston University, where I earned a B.A.
Writing remains a core passion and practice.
While working in the malaria lab, I realized that I love talking about science as much as I love doing science. So I answered an ad for a science writer at an international astronomical observatory. I worked there for a year, then made the leap to freelance. I started freelancing for an independent newspaper in my hometown, The Haleakala Times, and went on to become a regular contributor to Nature Medicine and Nature. My work has also appeared in numerous blogs, Science, Eye on NEI, Hana Hou!, Dog Fancy and The New York Times.
My passion for writing has grown into a passion for teaching writing. I specialize in helping scientists and scientists-in-training learn to write clearly and effectively for any audience. I develop and lead workshops to help individuals and research groups improve. If you or your group needs help with writing, let’s start a conversation. I would love to help, if you like.
Thanks for reading.