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Amanda Alvarez (view posts)

Amanda received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied human visual neuroscience and edited the Berkeley Science Review. She was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel during summer 2012, and has also written for tech blog Gigaom, Yale School of Medicine, and Inside Science. [twitter]

Rachel Bernstein (view posts)

Rachel is a freelance science writer living in San Francisco. She was a 2010 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Los Angeles Times, and during her graduate work in chemistry at University of California, Berkeley she was an author and editor for the Berkeley Science Review. Among other things, she is interested in scientific publishing, education, and backpacking, especially in Yosemite.

Ian Campbell (view posts)

Mr. Campbell was a 2012 AAAS Mass Media Fellow writing at The Oregonian. He recently finished his PhD in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. He now is now a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech researching mechanical changes to the eye from glaucoma. In addition to writing about science, he enjoys home brewing beer and learning about DIY science and engineering projects.

Lauren DiPerna (view posts)

Lauren worked as a science reporter under the AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Orange County Register in 2010. She received her B.A. and M.S. in geophysics from UC Berkeley and Scripps Institution of Oceanography respectively. She loves writing about neuroscience and planetary physics.

Jessica McDonald (view posts)

Jessie recently graduated with a Ph.D. in immunology from Yale University, where she studied B cells and was a science and technology columnist with the Yale Daily News. Always interested in writing as well as science, she majored in biology and English at Haverford College, where she also wrote and edited for the school newspaper and got her first taste of radio as a DJ. Last summer her time as an AAAS Fellow was spent at NPR member station KUNC in Northern Colorado. There, she wrote and produced radio stories about all kinds of science—from the development of antiviral drugs and plasma sanitizers to the use of metabolomics to improve the taste of beer.

Jessica Morrison (view posts)

Ms. Morrison has the journalism bug. She was a journalism major in college before switching to geology, and five years in an intense geochemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame helped her to see that journalism is her true calling. She spent Summer 2012 as a Mass Media Fellow at The Chicago Tribune where she worked closely with veteran health and environment reporters under the supervision of the investigative/watchdog editor. Jessica will finish her Ph.D. soon — maybe too soon! — and head back into a newsroom in summer 2013 at The Charlotte Observer as a Kaiser Health Reporting Intern.

Kerstin Nordstrom (view posts)

Ms. Nordstrom is a postdoc in soft matter physics at the University of Maryland. She did her PhD work at the University of Pennsylvania. She loves explaining things, which in turn has resulted in her passion for teaching, her participation and organization of public outreach activities, and her science writing. She was a Mass Media Fellow during the summer of 2012, at the Raleigh News & Observer, where she reported on just about everything, from cheese to climate change.

Jessica Stoller-Conrad (view posts)
Co-founder and contributor

Ms. Stoller-Conrad began her journalistic endeavors as an embarrassingly informal food critic for her college newspaper.  After dropping the fork and picking up a micropipettor, she spent two years as a genetics research technician and three years in graduate school before trying her hand at science writing.  In the summer of 2012, with her Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame in hand, Ms. Stoller-Conrad participated in the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program as a science desk intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.  There, she contributed a number of posts to the health blog (Shots) and the food blog (The Salt).  She continues to write regularly for the NPR blogs, National Geographic News and other media outlets as a freelancer, currently based in Los Angeles.

Kelly Tyrrell (view posts)

Ms. Tyrrell calls herself a recovering scientist, as if recovery is truly an option. She has a Bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kelly spent the summer of 2011 in the incredible Chicago Tribune newsroom as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow before joining the staff as a health and science reporter for the News Journal in Delaware. She freelanced full time for a bit before heading back to Madison as a science writer for UW-Madison. She still freelances on the side and occasionally remembers she has her own blog, KAT Writes.

Rebecca Widiss (view posts)
Co-founder and contributor

Ms. Widiss has diverse experience translating science content into engaging activities and practical tools. She’s created science exhibits on topics ranging from genetics to geology and she’s worked with Fortune 500 companies to green their supply chains. While earning a Master’s in Systems & Policy analysis from Hopkins School of Engineering, Rebecca couldn’t resist adding journalism courses to her plate. In Summer 2012, she roamed the East Coast with a microphone, crafting radio stories for Voice of America’s global audience of ~140 million.

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