Though my job titles have changed, my entire career has combined science and communication. Today I write and edit articles for magazines, scientific journals, institutions, and websites. I have also worked as an editorial consultant, leading the development of web-based publishing projects and assisting with large-scale science exhibits. In addition, I lead workshops to help scientists improve their communication skills.
As a chemist, I built carbon-based molecules in laboratories in both Germany and the United States. Most recently, for my Ph.D. at Indiana University, I assembled sugary, highly-charged spheres the size of proteins that I affectionately call my “giant balls of negative charge.” I’m still fascinated by atoms and molecules and the role these little cogs play in almost every field of science. But I’m also happy that I’m not cooking them up myself anymore.
I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with my husband and son.