I grew up with NASA posters of space shuttle missions and space telescope images on the wall of my bedroom in Cleveland, Ohio. The excitement and wonder of scientific discovery has always appealed to me, but I've also felt a strong pull from the humanities. That dual interest helped shape my current career as a science journalist based in Brooklyn. After obtaining a history of science degree at the University of Pennsylvania, I pursued a master's degree in science journalism at New York University and eventually settled in New York City.
I currently spend my time blogging and writing news stories for publications such as Scientific American, Discover Magazine, IEEE Spectrum and Wired. At the same time, I've been occasionally writing longer feature stories that focus more heavily on nonfiction storytelling.
When I'm not writing, I'm often at a movie theater trying to catch the latest blockbuster and art house films. So wait, how do I know Yin? My friendship with her began when she recruited me to join a Chinese a cappella group in college. I was probably supremely unqualified for the group because of my lack of Chinese language skills and singing experience, but I was fortunate to have a deep voice that enabled me to fill the group's bass role. In any case, that first meeting taught me that Yin has a way of bringing together a wonderfully diverse group of people with many talents and backgrounds. I'm excited to join Yin and her team in providing guidance for students interested in STEM careers.