I provide writing and editing services to universities, research institutions, and medical centers. I've produced features, profiles, newsletter articles, white papers, blog posts, and case studies on topics ranging from pain treatment to civic education.
Clients include Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Yale School of Management, Covance, Cure Forward, the NIH's Center for Cancer Research, and NanoString Technologies.
Conflict of Interest Statement: My recent corporate clients are involved in drug development and genetic analysis (primarily for biomedical research). To avoid conflicts of interest, I currently do not report on human diseases, drugs, or human health-related genetics. A detailed list of my potential COIs is available upon request.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
I wrote articles about new facilities and initiatives for the hospital's quarterly Physician Update newsletter, targeted at referring physicians. Some sample articles:
Stanford School of Medicine
I produced updates on the pediatric, obstetrics, and pain management divisions for the anesthesia department's annual report.
I've written profiles and features about chemistry, physics, astronomy, math, social science, and art for alumni magazines and other university publications.
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
Should you hire someone with a criminal record? (Kellogg Insight, 2017)
Alaskans get an annual check from the government. How do they spend it? (Kellogg Insight, 2017)
How the most recent government shutdown affected workers' household spending (Kellogg Insight, 2017)
Is there a better way to allocate organs to transplant patients? (Kellogg Insight, 2016)
Does the H1B visa program hurt American workers? (Kellogg Insight, 2016)
Abandoning the Electoral College would remake campaign spending (Kellogg Insight, 2016)
Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11: Which bankruptcy system is better? (Kellogg Insight, 2016)
Why do you see the world as more fair than I do? (Kellogg Insight, 2016)
Yale School of Management
Should online advertisers pay for clicks or sales? (Yale Insights, 2017)
Demand for social and cognitive skills is linked to higher firm productivity (Yale Insights, 2017)
Seniors aren't learning to choose better prescription insurance plans (Yale Insights, 2017)
Art neuro (Stanford Magazine, 2012)
Alan Rorie's cerebral creations challenge viewers
The sounds of science (Stanford Magazine, 2012)
Composer Chris Chafe gives new meaning to synthesizing data
Civic education through social networks (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012; subscription required)
In Kenya, civic education programs reached 4.5 million people in advance of the 2002 election
Getting volunteers in the door (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012; subscription required)
What are the biggest factors that affect recruiting nonprofit volunteers?
University of California, Berkeley
Bang-up job (California, 2010)
Astronomers spot a new type of stellar explosion
The stars her destination (California, 2008)
A business major's epiphany leads her to become a NASA scientist
A physics community (Response, Seattle Pacific University, 2013)
At Berkeley, an alum helps students navigate a challenging field
Evidence of things unseen (Santa Clara Magazine, Santa Clara University, 2012)
Dark matter makes up 85 percent of the material in our universe, yet scientists have never seen it. That's why physicist Betty Young is looking — right here on Earth
Sweet science (Research & Creative Activity, Indiana University, 2007)
Chemists untangle the secrets of sugar
Painting and numbers (Harvard Magazine, Harvard University, 2007)
A mathematician plays art detective
As part of Pixel Theory, I produced a variety of marketing materials on topics such as liver disease, orphan drugs, and biosimilars for a contract research organization (CRO). These materials included white papers, newsletter articles, case studies, and webinar abstracts; I also worked with the client's experts on blog posts. Some examples:
I wrote narrative articles about the discoveries linking certain genes to cancer for a biotechnology company's website.
The Story of MPL
A red mouse leads scientists down a twisting trail of discovery – to the cause of some blood cancers
The Story of JAK2
Four teams race to find the mysterious cause of a group of blood cancers
The Story of ABL1 and ABL2
A gene’s head is lopped off and replaced with another, creating an out-of-control chimera
Government Agencies and Centers
U.S. National Institutes of Health's Center for Cancer Research
U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory
I worked as a Research Communications Fellow at INL for six months in 2008, writing press releases and website features about lab research in energy, engineering, disaster response, and archaeology. I also wrote and produced podcasts for the INL iTunes channel. Some samples:
U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
I profiled a SLAC scientist for symmetry, a particle physics magazine co-produced by SLAC and Fermilab.
I worked as a production intern for three months at the SETI Institute's one-hour radio show Are We Alone? (now called Big Picture Science). I assisted with the following podcasts:
In the second half of this tribute to the pocket-protector set, I interview my dad about whether the concept of 'nerd' exists in China.
Science and Art: Worlds Apart?
Meet a robot painter, learn why art evolved, and hear how French writer Marcel Proust may have anticipated modern neuroscience.
Formula One: The Drake Equation
Scientists explain the numbers behind Frank Drake's famous equation predicting the likelihood of intelligent alien civilizations.
A tour of taste, sight, hearing, and smell, plus a robot's sense of touch and the super-senses we might possess in the future.
Skeptical Sunday: Fortune Cooking
In this show on critical thinking, scientists scan brains for evidence of ESP, and a magician gives mind readers a $1 million challenge.
Aging: Stop Right There!
How long could we live? Hear about aviator Charles Lindbergh's quest to achieve immortality. Plus: the discovery of a 400-year-old clam.
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