Siri J. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Madison, WI
(608) 442-9866

Journalism Experience

The Open Notebook (

Co-founder (2010) and Editor-in-Chief

    • Co-founded and edit non-profit online publication that provides tools and resources to help science journalists hone their skills.
    • Oversee development of the publication; develop story ideas; assign stories to freelancers; write and edit individual stories; manage contracted editors and copyeditor; oversee fellowship program; manage production schedule and budget; acquire grant support; manage social media and outreach for the publication; speak at conferences and journalism schools.

Freelance Science Journalist Madison, WI, 2002-2012; and May 2014-present

    • Clients have included The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, ScienceScience NewsScientific AmericanScientific American MindO: the Oprah Magazine, Science Careersand many other publications.
    • First author of Visualizing Psychology, an introductory psychology textbook for college students (John Wiley & Sons, 2007).

Discover Magazine

Senior Editor to Features Editor, October 2012-May 2014

    • Led the development, commissioning and editing of features; management of the features inventory; and cultivation of top contributing writers.
    • Served as lead editor on special reports and multi-feature sections.
    • Edited behavioral science and medical columns.
    • Top edited features, columns and front-of-book section.
    • Worked with Editor-in-Chief to set feature lineups.
    • Collaborated with digital team to develop Web and other digital content related to features.
    • Collaborated with art department to develop art and design concepts for features and columns.
    • Advised Managing Editor on features status, scheduling and assignment of feature-editing duties to staff.
    • Mentored junior editorial staff.
    • Represented the magazine at professional meetings and public events.

APA Monitor on Psychology Washington, D.C.
Senior Science Writer, 2000-2002

Science News Washington, D.C.
Science Writer Intern, 1999

Richmond Times-Dispatch Richmond, VA
Science and Engineering Mass Media Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1998

The Nature Conservancy Madison, WI
Communications Intern, 1995


Yale University New Haven, CT
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), 2000
Master of Science (Psychology), 1997

University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), with honors, 1995
Phi Beta Kappa, 1993


Finalist, 2009 National Magazine Award

2009 Outstanding Article Award for Reporting on a Significant Topic, American Society of Journalists and Authors

Professional Memberships

National Association of Science Writers

Professional Service

Co-chair, workshop planning group for “Science Writing in the Age of Denial,” a two-day professional meeting held in Madison, WI in April 2012 that attracted 200 participants and speakers from around the U.S. and overseas

Co-chair, National Association of Science Writers Freelance Committee, 2010-2012

Regular judge for various journalism awards (American Society of Journalists and Authors; National Association of Science Writers)

Frequent guest lecturer in journalism and science communications classes

Science Writer in Residence, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fall 2013)

Frequent panelist at professional meetings