This blog is a place where I will translate interesting findings in biomedical and basic science research from scientific jargon to plain old English. The bottom line: You don't need a PhD to understand science!

Friday, August 24, 2012

MindSpec Looking For Part-time Science Writers

One of the companies where I do freelance work is currently seeking additional freelance science writers. It's a GREAT place. Check out the ad below:


MindSpec, a nonprofit organization that utilizes bioinformatics to accelerate research on neurodevelopmental disorders, is looking for two freelance science writers in the Washington D.C. area. Qualified candidates will have experience writing about complex scientific data for the general public.

Writers will be expected to deliver two short news summaries (less than 200 words) per week on specified topics in the field of autism research and legislation. Format guidelines for the summaries will be provided. In conjunction with each summary, writers will generate a simple quiz question and Twitter post.

Salary: Compensation will be at an hourly rate. Anticipate approximately four hours per week.

Please email a CV and two published writing samples (pdf or links) to

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

On "sabbatical" fighting lymphoma

I have been diagnosed with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma. That's a complicated way to say that one of my immune system cells began dividing uncontrollably and formed massive tumors in my chest. Cancer at 29...not what I was expecting... If you'd like to follow my progress fighting this disease, you can read about my experiences at Thank you for your support!

Monday, December 12, 2011

If you live in the Washington DC area, stop by the Autism Reading Room preview party!

Autism Reading Room is a new online resource designed to enhance public understanding of autism research. Join the preview party and be the first to experience the new site.

December 14, 2011, 5:00-10:00 PM
Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Complimentary wine, cheese, and non-alcoholic beverages
Spanish speakers welcome

Hosted by MindSpec (, a nonprofit research organization utilizing innovative bioinformatics strategies to understand causes of autism spectrum disorders.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Girl Power in Science

This just totally made my day! Three girls (Yes, three GIRLS) won the inaugural Google Science Fair. Check it out on the Official Google Blog:

Official Google Blog: Hats off to the winners of the inaugural Google Sc...: "Yesterday, our top 15 Google Science Fair finalists descended on Google’s headquarters and wowed our luminary judges—as well as more than 1,..."
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