A month in the life of a science writer and editor

In lieu of posting individual projects, here’s a typical sample of the range of work I do. In the last month, I wrapped up short- and long-term projects on the following topics:

  • Viability of lodgepole pine forests after fire and beetle damage (writer, research highlight)
  • Research on advanced hydraulic fluids (bylined writer, 3700-word semi-technical article)
  • A novel method for desalination (ghostwriter, journal article)
  • Simulations to guide energy-power-cost tradeoffs in development of new battery materials (editor, substantive reivew of journal article)
  • Ion-beam experiments on how interactions between protons and neutrons determine the shape of atomic nuclei (editor, proposal)
  • Gas chromatography to determine parts-per-billion impurities in hydrogen gas (editor, commercial application highlight).

Whew. But I love it! I always say, the more technical it is, the better I like it.

Annual meeting for user facility researchers

Supported the 2014 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting, the annual meeting of users of the Advanced Photon Source, Center for Nanoscale Materials, and Electron Microscopy Center at Argonne National Laboratory:

Research highlight on x-ray imaging of embryos

Reported on the work of a young German physicist, Julian Moosmann, when he received an early-career award from the Advanced Photon Source. Along with collaborators in several countries, Moosmann developed synchrotron x-ray methods that have made it possible to obtain time-lapse 3D images of cells and tissues in living vertebrate embryos.

LSXS2012, School for Liquid Surface X-ray Scattering

Supported LSXS2012, School for Liquid Surface X-ray Scattering: Theory and Experimental Methods: Wrote and maintained web site, provided organizational coordination. This event, sponsored by University of Chicago’s ChemMatCARS facility at the Advanced Photon Source, introduced about 20 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers to techniques for studying liquid surfaces and interfaces.