Science communication occurs in a lot of different ways. I’m a writer and my primary job is writing press releases for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It seems important to me to clarify that I’m neither a journalist or scientist. If you are interested, you can read more about how I feel about science communication and my previous jobs in this post.
How did I get into science communication? I’ve had a fairly linear career path. In the past I interned with Abrams Media Network as a writer for the blog Geekosystem (which was later absorbed into The MarySue). I interned in public relations at the DaVinci Science Center in Allentown, PA and I spent a year writing science news for the journal BioTechniques. I also worked as a medical copywriter and editor for Twin Boro Physical Therapy. I then spent six great years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston writing narrative reports for donors.
I went to school to study science communication – I have my Master’s degree in Journalism with a focus on science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have my Bachelor’s degree with majors in Science Writing and English from Lehigh University, where I also minored in Environmental Science.
I’m active in the National Association of Science Writers and I spend a lot of time attending conferences, talks, and other science communication events so if you see me, please say hello!