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 have included Stanford UniversityUC BerkeleyLucile Packard Children's HospitalNorthwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Yale School of ManagementCovance, Cure Forward, the NIH's Center for Cancer Research, and NanoString Technologies.

Conflict of Interest Statement: From 2015-17, I wrote for corporate clients who were involved in drug development and genetic analysis (primarily for biomedical research). To avoid conflicts of interest, I currently do not report on drug development or human health-related genetics. A detailed list of my potential COIs is available upon request.


I've written articles about economics, political science, chemistry, physics, astronomy, math, and art for alumni magazines and other university publications.

Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management

A complete list of my articles is available here. Some samples:

How closely do our beliefs about social mobility match reality? (Kellogg Insight)

Why certain types of elections favor extreme candidates (Kellogg Insight)

Why the panic of 1907 led to a recession (Kellogg Insight)

Should you hire someone with a criminal record? (Kellogg Insight)

Alaskans get an annual check from the government. How do they spend it? (Kellogg Insight)

How the most recent government shutdown affected workers' household spending (Kellogg Insight)

Abandoning the Electoral College would remake campaign spending (Kellogg Insight)

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11: Which bankruptcy system is better? (Kellogg Insight)

Yale School of Management

Can you trust bad online ratings? (Yale Insights)

When should companies share information with competitors? (Yale Insights)

Why is my boss incompetent? (Yale Insights)

When should organizations change their mix of products? (Yale Insights)

Should online advertisers pay for clicks or sales? (Yale Insights)

Demand for social and cognitive skills is linked to higher firm productivity (Yale Insights)

Seniors aren't learning to choose better prescription insurance plans (Yale Insights)

Stanford University

Art neuro (Stanford Magazine)
Alan Rorie's cerebral creations challenge viewers

The sounds of science (Stanford Magazine)
Composer Chris Chafe gives new meaning to synthesizing data

Civic education through social networks (Stanford Social Innovation Review; 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; subscription required)
What are the biggest factors that affect recruiting nonprofit volunteers?

University of California, Berkeley

Bang-up job (California)
Astronomers spot a new type of stellar explosion

The stars her destination (California)
A business major's epiphany leads her to become a NASA scientist

Other Universities

A physics community (Response, Seattle Pacific University)
At Berkeley, an alum helps students navigate a challenging field

Evidence of things unseen (Santa Clara Magazine, Santa Clara University)
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)
Chemists untangle the secrets of sugar

Painting and numbers (Harvard Magazine, Harvard University)
A mathematician plays art detective

Medical Centers

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:

Packard Children's opens new hearing center

Pain management team expands services

Packard Children's opens new perinatal diagnostic center

Pediatric urology service ramps up robotic surgery program

Symposium will provide latest information on autism spectrum disorders

Pediatric hematology and oncology expert joins Packard Children's

Stanford School of Medicine

I produced updates on the pediatric, obstetrics, and pain management divisions for the anesthesia department's annual report.

Biomedical Companies


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:

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis: Key considerations for drug development (white paper)

Creating a robust reimbursement support program for biosimilars (article)

How to navigate pre-clinical issues in NASH development (blog post)

What are the emerging non-invasive biomarkers in NASH? (blog post)

Validation: A key stage in mobile health development (blog post)

Understanding 505(b)(2): An abbreviated pathway for modified drugs (blog post)

Cure Forward

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

A slow "catch and release" process prolongs immune attack on cancer cells

Clinical trial explores new glioblastoma treatment regimen

Foregut cancers get new attention at CCR

Researchers uncover cause of genetic anomaly linked to cancer

Low-grade prostate tumors can harbor signs of aggressive cancer

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:

Engineer simulates a robot's sense of touch

Secrets of ancient travel routes hidden in ancient rock

Mobile 911 system could be a lifesaver (listen to podcast)

A smart hybrid car monitor puts the brains in battery testing

Sensitive laser instrument could aid search for life on Mars (listen to podcast)

Flexible nanoantenna arrays capture abundant solar energy

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.

A physicist in the cancer lab (symmetry)
Nicole Ackerman's research on Cherenkov radiation, the blue glow from charged particles outracing light, could aid development of cancer treatments (pdf)

Research Institutions

SETI Institute

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.

Senses Census
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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