Saturday June 23rd 2018

About me

SKO2014I am an independent science writer who works from an office shed in my backyard in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve written about the mathematics of pizza slicing for New Scientist, tumor banking for CR (now Cancer Today), and extrasolar planets for Discover. I have covered stories from astronomy, physics, cancer research and mathematics; I’m also a regular contributor to Science News for Students, an educational website, and a researcher for Cancer Today magazine. I teach an undergraduate class on science communication at Vanderbilt University, and I’ve given talks on the subject at Murray State University, Southern Methodist University, Houston Methodist Research Institute, the Southern Festival of Books, and elsewhere.

For a list of where my work has been published, click on publications above. In 2017, I won the Bricker Prize for Science Writing in Medicine from Houston Methodist, and a video of my talk is available here. In 2016, I received a Kavli/AAAS Award for a story about lightning I wrote for science News for Students. In 2013, I received an award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for “Interrupting cancer’s travel plans,” an article about the science of metastases that appeared in Cancer Today, and in 2010, the Association of Health Care Journalists recognized an article I wrote for CR titled “What happens to a donated tumor?

I graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in physics and English, studied applied math in graduate school at the University of Missouri, and I’m a graduate of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. My first book, a young adult biography of Sophie Germain, was published in 2008. Read an excerpt here. I contributed two chapters to the Science Writers’ Handbook (2013). My next book is all about Mathematical Art, and is scheduled to be published in 2019.

My non-science nonfiction has been published in the New Haven Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and my fiction has appeared in One Story, Vestal ReviewArcadiaBartleby Snopes, and Prime Number Magazine, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. My wife, Kate, is a nurse-midwife, and my children sometimes conspire to create their own language.

 

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