Andrea Anderson holds a B.S. in plant physiology from the University of Regina and a masters in cell biology from the University of Alberta, where she did research in the nuclear transport field. She subsequently worked in a Canadian National Research Council plant science lab. Exposure to great scientists and innovative research kindled her interest in science communication. She is pursuing science journalism to continue learning about science while contributing to a more science-savvy public. She is supported by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Lindsey Bewley graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in chemistry. While attending graduate school at Tulane University, she engineered materials for NASA until Hurricane Katrina washed away her research and propelled her career from rocket science to journalism. She came to SHERP after seeing the impact science and media have on society, and because she would rather write about hurricanes than run from them.
Rachele Cooper has a B.S.E. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. Post graduation, she joined the Navy to become a fighter pilot. After receiving a medical discharge, she decided to concentrate on work as a civilian at the Naval Research Laboratory. While there, her research focused on satellite design, orbital analysis, mission planning and flight testing. The opportunity to share science research with a broad audience motivated her to join SHERP.
Emily Driscoll got her B.A. from George Washington University, where she studied economics and minored in psychology while also working at a law firm and playing badminton and volleyball. After graduation, she worked at a law firm for two years and then took a job at an art gallery. She also researched and wrote the text for a museum exhibition of antique frames. Emily is very excited about joining SHERP and pursuing her lifelong interest in science.
Jeremy Hsu has a B.A. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. His interest in the intersection between science and society grew through various internships, working on scientist immigrant petitions at a law firm, and an opportune stint as a science journalist with the Journal of Young Investigators. He comes to SHERP with the focus of writing for a lay audience, whether it consists of policymakers or the general public.
Meredith Knight has a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in brain and cognitive science. She has done research in language and memory and edited scientific translations. Meredith is most interested in neuroscience and cognitive sciences, especially how they apply to higher order human characteristics such as language, aesthetics, and sexuality. Additionally, she is into baseball, literature, and traveling the world.
Ben Leach has a B.A. in journalism with a chemistry minor from The College of New Jersey. He started a science and health column at his college newspaper and has written several health stories professionally for The Daily Journal of Vineland, NJ. He has been waiting for a program like SHERP to prepare him for covering the pharmaceutical industry. He is also a certified pharmacy technician, a playwright, and a writer and correspondent for a toy collecting magazine.
Jennifer Moser was a science writer and copy editor for Oregon State University’s campus newspaper and was co-editor of the Honors College magazine. She earned her B.S. in microbiology with minors in philosophy and chemistry. These interests, combined, led her to SHERP. Jenny is eager to see journalism finally become the center of, rather than a distraction from, her academic program. While growing up in Medford, Oregon, Jenny was — and remains — an enthusiastic Girl Scout.
Morgen Peck has a B.A. in neuroscience and behavior from Columbia University, where she also acted in many stage productions. Since graduation, she has worked as a research technician in neurology and microbiology labs, first at a pharmaceutical company and then at Columbia. Morgen moonlights as an actor and stage manager in a non-profit Manhattan theater company where her roles have included portraying a sheep in a musical version of Animal Farm that features life-size puppets.
Kristin Phillips has a doctorate in biological anthropology from University College London and a B.S. from the University of California at Davis. Her experiences in the Amazon — from chasing monkeys up and down knife ridges to enduring the tickle of hundreds of sweat bees while counting canopy fruits — have led her to SHERP in order to educate others about the beauty of the natural world and the fascinating process of scientific discovery. Kristin most recently worked as director of an urban ecological organization.
Josh Romero graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in astronomy and physics. His research focused on cosmology and galaxy clusters. He worked as the general manager of the student radio station where he hosted a weekly science news show. He also spent time transcribing and editing interviews for a book on astrobiology before coming to SHERP.
Peter Sergo earned a B.S. in biology with a concentration in neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal. After a two-year stint teaching English in Japan, he took a position at the National Institute of Mental Health’s neuropsychology laboratory. Recently, he has been investigating auditory memory involving Rhesus monkeys. The broad scope and significance of neuroscience is what motivated him to take part in the SHERP program.
Molly Webster received a B.S. in biology from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. As an undergraduate enrolled in many entertaining yet arduous lab classes, she realized she was meant to explain scientific phenomena to others, not discover it herself. After a rejuvenating year out from academics — one she spent being an aunt, writing and living on futons from England to Kentucky — Molly decided it was time to begin becoming a science writer.
Erica Westly has a B.S. in biochemistry from Marlboro College and an M.S. in neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University. She originally planned to become a neuroscience professor and was working towards her Ph.D. when she realized she enjoyed reading and writing about science more than working in the lab. She thinks the SHERP program is an ideal way to make the transition from scientist-in- training to science journalist.