Freelance Science and Technology Writer/Reporter/Blogger
I am an award-winning science/technology journalist, editor, and author. I write for many kinds of readers: lay, professional, business, kids, and pretty much anyone interested in high-technology and science. I also have made two documentaries for public television about the impact of technology on society––one on women and computing, the other about elearning. I also write about the impact of science and technology on culture.
I began my career covering robotics and computer science and still report on both. What I love about these fields is that they are interdisciplinary. These days, I contribute bi-weekly stories to CIOInsight.com. covering research reports on mobile devices and security, The Internet of Things (IoT), the Cloud, apps, Big Data, Open Software, project management and anything else of interest to Chief Information Officers.
I have covered women and STEM for three decades. Last June and last November I wrote stories on black women in tech for Essence Magazine. I also report regularly on computer science for Communications of the ACM, the magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery. My stories on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurs have appeared in YoungEntrepreneur.com, Bloomberg Businessweek (Businessweek.com), Bloomberg.com, and FastCompany.com. Occasionally I write for Science Magazine, reporting for the News of the Week and News and Analysis sections, as well as for Science NOW. Stories also have recently appeared in U.S. News and World Report, Scientific American and ScientificAmerican.com.
I've extended the science areas I cover into neuroscience and am interested in the influences of research on the mind and brain on computer science and artificial intelligence, and vice versa. My newest blog is for The Foundation for Psychocultural Research, whose mission is to advance and support interdisciplinary research and training in neuroscience, psychiatry, and anthropology.
I also blogged about science, technology and the arts for ScienceFriday.com, the site for the NPR show. You can see my reviews of operas, films, plays, and art exhibits pertaining to science and technology in the blogs section in the column to the right, a little further down.
My recent short stories have appeared on MrBellersNeighborhood.com, The East Hampton Star, and most recently The Jewish Literary Journal.
Scripts, Columns, and Earlier Online and Magazine Articles
I've written scripts for "The Loh Down on Science," a radio show hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh for Southern California Public Radio station 89.3 KPCC FM, broadcast out of California Institute of Technology. It was great to participate in injecting a little humor into science.
My first online writing experience was as the technology and culture columnist for CyberTimes, The New York Times on the Web. I continued in print, though, and my articles appeared in Business Week, Discover, Forbes, Medical World News, Millimeter, Personal Computing, Publish, Technology Review, and VAR Business. My documentary, Minerva’s Machine: Women and Computing (see below) evolved from my November 1990 article on women in computing in Communications of the ACM. As Senior Writer for CACM, the flagship magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery, I covered artificial intelligence, interactive multimedia, computer aided design, computer security, computers and medicine, databases and the human genome project, high-definition television, parallel processing, and supercomputers. I still bear a fascination for the power of those machines.
Honors and Awards
• Guest Speaker: The New York Academy of Science, based on “The Human Genome Project and Informatics” (November 1991, CACM).
• Judge, Deadline Club Awards, 2008
• Judge, New York Press Club Awards, 2011
• 1998 First Prize National Education Reporting, Television Documentary and Feature
Minerva's Machine: Women and Computing:
• Best Documentary in a Small Market, 1997 EMMA (Exceptional Merit Media Award), given by National Women’s Political Caucus and Radcliffe College
• Best Documentary, Brooklyn Arts Council’s 30th Annual International Film and Video Festival
• Best Television Series, Runner Up, Eleventh Annual Computer Press Award
M.S. in Science Communication from the Journalism Department of Boston University’s School of Communication.
B.A. in philosophy of science and psychology from Hampshire College.
• Past Board Member, Director of Programming, New York Women in Film and Television, Co-Chair, Documentary Subcommittee
• National Association of Science Writers
• Science Writers in New York
• Society for Business Editors and Writers
• The Authors Guild
• The Society of Silurians
Adjunct Instructor, New York University
I teach a six-week course online for NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, called "Reporting and Writing in the Digital Era." Students learn how to craft features for the Web, and to embed photo slideshows, video, and audio.
Here's the link to the course description:
Writing and Reporting in the Digital Era
I also teach interviewing techniques, a five-week course in a real classroom.
Interviews and Profiles