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From 2018 to 2023, I was the sole science writer and editor for the Allen Institute, a life sciences nonprofit in Seattle that studies the brain, the cell and the immune system. I covered science news from all 5 science divisions and wrote and produced more than 200 stories, press releases, podcast episodes and newsletters in my tenure at the Institute. My work at the Institute was recognized with regional and national science writing awards. Here are a few of my favorite written pieces from that time:
This is what it's like to donate your brain to science 2019
I profiled Casey Schorr, a young epilepsy patient who donated some of his brain tissue to research.
Winner, Northwest Science Writers Association's Best of the Northwest award, Institutional writing category, 2020
From 2009 to 2018, I was a writer and editor at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, a Seattle health research nonprofit and cancer center. My work ranged from writing feature stories for the Hutch's print magazine to online news stories to editing manuscripts for scientific teams. My primary beat was the Basic Sciences Division but I frequently covered infectious disease and cancer research as well. Some sample clips:
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I've also written for Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCSF, the University of Washington, the Loh Down on Science (public radio), The Scientist, Mongabay, Virginia Mason Hospital, Xconomy Seattle, Cancer Discovery, the Monterey Herald, Modernist Cuisine (multi-volume molecular gastronomy cookbook), and others. Sample clips: