Writing Clips


Meet Annie Jump Cannon, who cataloged and ranked over 300,000 stars by their hotness
Maria Kirch was the first woman to discover a comet, but her husband took the credit
Galaxies are eating each other and the Milky Way might be next

Women in Astronomy
The Means of Doing Science

Women in Pharma
Time for Advocacy: Getting started with advocacy for high impact – Guest post

The Science of Solar Eclipses
The WTF Star: Alien Mega Structure or Mega Version of Jupiter System?
Curiosity Discovery Suggests Early Mars Environment Suitable for Life Longer Than Previously Thought
Cassini's Sacrifice
Once Thought Elusive, A Black Hole Will Get A Close-Up
Want to Watch History Burn? Check Out A Meteor Shower
A Short History of Fast Radio Bursts
A Spooky Story: How Science Became Science Fiction

Voice of America

During the summer of 2016 I worked at Voice of America in Washington, D.C. as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. I wrote breaking science stories and created radio and TV pieces. Links to individual pieces that I found most exciting to write are listed below.

Hubble Space Telescope Gets a New 5-Year Contract -- A TV piece!!
Lake Tanganyika Ecosystem Sensitive to Climate Change
Researchers Find ‘Sign Post’ Toward New Way to Fight Roundworms
Deep Sea Abyss, New Mining Frontier, Harbors Unexpected Life
Avian Honeyguides Lead Human Hunters to Honey -- Radio piece below!
Study: Pregnant Women Pass On Flu-fighting Antibodies to Newborns -- Radio piece below!
Research: Dinosaurs Done In by One-Two Climate Punch -- Radio piece below!
Older Monkeys Get More Selective About Companions
Dealing with Dinosaurs Gave Mammals Night Vision
LISA Pathfinder Mission Exceeds Expectations
Milky Way Fades Away

Radio work

Avian Honeyguides Lead Human Hunters to Honey
Climate Change Not Expected to Increase Malaria Transmission in West Africa
Moms Pass on Flu Vaccine Benefits to Newborns
One-Two, Dead Dinosaurs

The Pipettepen at UNC-Chapel Hill

This blog was created by the Science Writing and Communication Club at UNC to give graduate students and postdocs experience in science writing and communication. Although I have graduated, I still contribute because I still learn a lot from writing and editing for my peers. A full list of my articles is available here. Links to individual articles that I am most proud of are provided below.

Understanding the Space of Space
Perseid Meteor Shower to Light Up Night Sky
Discovering New Horizons
The Balance of Earth’s Carbon Cycles
The Pillars of Creation and Destruction
Stirring the Ocean: How the Moon Mixes Things Up Beneath the Waves


In editing, it is important to keep the voice of the author. I do my best to focus on clarity of the message without imposing my own voice and views on the article.

The Pipettepen at UNC-Chapel Hill

Should Coconut Oil Be In Your Pantry
The Periodic Table of Elements Just Got Bigger
You Keep Using that Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

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