I’m a science writer and a physicist. I care deeply not only about the physics, but about how it’s understood by those outside of the field.
I have a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Illinois, with minors in French and math. I also studied abroad in France for five weeks.
I attended graduate school at the University of Washington in the beautiful city of Seattle. I obtained an M.S. degree in physics and pursued a PhD for several years, but eventually decided to leave to devote my time to science writing.
My PhD research involved simulating molecules that wiggle in very weird ways; this makes it difficult to see them using our usual methods. The molecule I focused on was CH5+.
When I’m not writing, I like to ride horses and go backpacking with my husband, a fellow physicist. We are also both avid Trekkies (see below).