I write and edit content for universities and other research institutions, with a focus on the nexus of environmental and public health; agriculture; health; engineering, urbanism, and general features. This work has included long and shortform features, profiles, Q&As, blog posts, and technical materials on subjects ranging from seafood poisoning research to wildfires.
Regular clients include departments at University of Washington, University of Vermont, and University of Utah.
This is a Q&A for University of Washington Alumni Magazine.
In this institutional-publications article for University of Minnesota Libraries, I wrote about their new transgender guide—aimed at researchers who need to find #transgender, not just LGBTQ, materials.
For University of Washington, this interview with a dermatologist during COVID-19 quarantine was the second-most popular article posted in a social-media push by the alumni magazine. Also learned: how to avoid skin infections.
Forest ecologist and University of Utah professor Nalini Nadkarni’s work with incarcerated peoples and in academic outreach, including diatom dresses, are topics in this higher-education profile.
This profile for the University of Minnesota alumni magazine addresses invasive species and mycology. It starts: “The call arrived at 7 p.m. from a hospital in Davis County, Utah. A worried emergency room doctor wanted University of Utah mycologist Bryn Dentinger (Ph.D. ’07) to identify a mushroom possibly eaten by a boy who was a patient.”
Having learned about nature in a segregated Boy Scout troop in the St. Louis area, alum Stephen Lockhart was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014 for his work supporting environmental education. He says he and others, such as friend Sally Jewell, 51st secretary of the interior), aim to create tomorrow’s conservation leaders. Read here about his background and volunteer work in such outdoors roles.
“This one was a plant-eater and has kind of a wide grin. Not too fearsome, but I wouldn’t want to get whacked by that bony-tailed club,” says UC Berkeley grad Randall Irmis, discussing a spiky-headed dinosaur assembled before us in squat, bony glory at the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU).
Author Julia Corbett on how “everyday” nature can help us focus on issues like climate change.
This article for the University of Minnesota Libraries newsletter Continuum is about virtual reality and other technology librarians bring to physical therapy and other health students.
Johns Hopkins Magazine
This alumni piece for Johns Hopkins Magazine looks at a Baltimore study of what happens—to vision, behavior, and academic performance—when children are given free glasses at school.
Here’s a piece for the University of Michigan’s magazine Michigan Alumnus. Crocodiles are sharp-toothed, right? The answer seems obvious. But using 3D-mapping technology, Keegan Melstrom, ’12, and a colleague took a new look at the dining habits of now-extinct crocodiles.
For Tufts Magazine, this piece is about several Tufts grads who live in tiny Sitka, Alaska, not getting on the police blotter (yet) but meeting easily on the street.