July 2, 2019

I would never have read the fascinating research I cover here without Matt Shipman, the NC State PIO, directing me to it. One of my favorite parts of this job is that I get to read about science I would never have otherwise come across, and this is an example. How else...

May 30, 2019

And then, my InStyle editor was so pleased with my previous work, she assigned me this story.

I fortunately never had to deal with pregnancy headaches (all pregnant ladies are suffering SOMETHING I am convinced, just not the same things), but I learned a lot about them...

May 25, 2019

This article for InStyle is an example of the importance of maintaining good relationships.

Last year I spent a good deal of time reporting and writing a story that was to appear in the fall print edition of a major women's magazine. I was thrilled. But after a series o...

April 5, 2019

A few days ago The Globe and Mail published this essay about my love of exploring and photographing abandoned places. I have been thrilled that so many people connected with the piece and wrote back to tell me.


November 26, 2018

This story is my first for Undark, a publication I have long admired and hoped to contribute to. I found the story after I noticed a flurry of research papers focused on rape kit forensics. I have a Google Alert for certain keywords like "sperm," and I kept getting DNA...

November 12, 2018

I responded to a public pitch request from a PopSci editor, and she invited me to suggest some topics for a new online series geared at kids aged 9-12. I sent her about a dozen ideas and she asked me to write about this one, my favorite of the bunch. I got to talk to a...

November 1, 2018

It was a pleasure to read and write about  mathematical modeling of savanna and forest ecology for SIAM News. SIAM News is "the newsjournal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics." I worked closely with all three authors to ensure that I understood their...

July 27, 2018

This Globe and Mail op-ed is my first published opinion piece. The opinions editor is a delight, and it was refreshing to be able to just sit down and write instead of trying to learn all about a field of science, identifying and contacting key sources, interviewing, t...

May 9, 2018

A twitter friend alerted me that Glamour online was looking for stories that connected money and tech, and this was an angle I had been thinking about for a while. I find it frustrating that high medical costs lead to people making medically dangerous decisions, and I...

May 14, 2017

It turns out that there is so much variation among female anatomy that doctors, surgeons, and researchers find it difficult to define exactly what normal is – or even if it exists.

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