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The Open Notebook (, 2010-present  
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief

  • Co-founded and edit non-profit online publication that provides tools and resources to help science journalists improve 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; represent The Open Notebook at conferences, events, and journalism schools.

Freelance Editor  Madison, WI, 2014-present

  • Contributing editor, bioGraphic
  • Contributing editor, Science News for Students 
  • Other editorial clients upon occasion

Freelance Science Writer  Madison, WI, 2002-present

  • Clients have included The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, ScienceScience NewsScientific American, SpectrumScientific American MindPrevention, and others
  • First author of Visualizing Psychology, an introductory psychology textbook for college students (John Wiley & Sons, 2007)

Discover Magazine  Waukesha, WI, October 2012-May 2014
Senior Editor to Features Editor

  • Led the development, commissioning and editing of features and cultivation of top contributing writers.
  • Edited behavioral science and medical columns.
  • Top edited features, columns and front-of-book section.
  • Collaborated with art department to develop art and design concepts for features and columns.
  • Mentored junior editorial staff.
  • Represented the magazine at professional meetings.

APA Monitor on Psychology  Washington, DC, 2000-2002
Senior Science Writer

Science News  Washington, DC, 1999
Science Writer Intern

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

The Nature Conservancy  Madison, WI, 1995
Communications Intern


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


  • National Association of Science Writers
  • Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Association of Health Care Journalists
  • Society of Professional Journalists


  • President, National Association of Science Writers, October 2018-present
  • Vice President, National Association of Science Writers, 2016-2018
  • Meeting organizer, Kavli Symposia on Science Editing, 2016-2017
  • Co-chair, NASW Ad Hoc Committee on Membership Identity and Values, November 2016-October 2017
  • Member, NASW Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review, November 2015-May 2016
  • Science Writer in Residence, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2013
  • Co-chair of workshop planning group for “Science Writing in the Age of Denial,” a two-day professional meeting held in Madison, WI in April 2012
  • Co-chair, NASW Freelance Committee, 2010-2012 (member of committee, 2005-2012)
  • Frequent awards judge, panel organizer, and guest lecturer