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I am a professional writer, editor and designer. My skills have been honed over the past 13 years at midsize and major metropolitan newspapers, university communications offices and, now, a scientific society.
I started out as a news assistant at the Houston Chronicle in 1999. I became a copy editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shortly after graduation in 2000. Then I returned to the Houston Chronicle, where I rose from a night news copy editor to the Sunday Page One editor. When I left the newspaper industry in 2007, I became a research communicator and then a media relations representative for the University of Houston. In 2009, I joined the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, managing special writing and editing projects at the Journal of Biological Chemistry, serving as the chief communicator for society, and writing and editing for the nonprofit’s member magazine, ASBMB Today. In January 2012, I was named editor of the magazine. In 2015, I was named executive editor of the magazine and communications director of the society.
Skills and services
Since 2011, I’ve handled media relations for ASBMB at the Experimental Biology research conference. In 2011 and 2012, I also handled media relations for the American Association of Anatomists. You can see some of my placements in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Scientific American, The Daily Mail, Discovery News, MIT Technology Review, Latina Magazine, Kurzweil, The Atlantic Wire, Discover Magazine and MSNBC. And you can read some of my news releases here.
In mid-2011, I became interim editor of our society’s monthly member magazine, ASBMB Today. In January 2012, I took the position permanently. The following April, we debuted the magazine’s first poetry contest, and later that year we put out a call for its first personal essay series, “Derailed but Undeterred.” Here’s my favorite essay in the series, “My spouse and the mouse.” In 2014, we debuted a print and online redesign and published open letters and two other collections of essays (“Generations” and “Hobbies“). In 2015, we’re going to publish two essay series (“Coordinates” and “Transition states”).
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