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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.
  • Edited THE CRAFT OF SCIENCE WRITING: Selections from The Open Notebook (February 2020)

Freelance Editor  Madison, WI, 2014-present

  • 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 Mind, the Oprah MagazinePrevention, 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


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
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Online News Association


  • President, National Association of Science Writers, 2018-2020
  • 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