Nearly 20 years ago, I wrote a few articles for a local monthly African-American newspaper, The Next Level, and was on a path to go to graduate school for journalism. But while my passion has always been writing, my love of science steered me in a different direction. I earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and did pre-clinical and clinical addiction research for 12 years; thus, most of my science writing has been academic. A few years ago, I started writing a blog for a boutique real estate firm in Charleston, SC, in which I paired property listings with interesting stories about local history and architecture. This led to a re-awakening of my passion for writing, and the desire to pair writing with science came naturally.
I am currently enrolled in the graduate Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I have an extensive track record in communicating scientific research, with over 25 platform and poster presentations at national conferences and 15 peer-reviewed published articles. I have also taught undergraduates for nearly ten years in statistics, pharmacology, and substance abuse. I wish to secure a position in which I might gain additional experience in science communication.