Molly Ashford comes to NYU via The University of Chicago. She is a writer, an amateur geologist, an illustrator, and a filmmaker, but received her undergraduate degree in philosophy. She plans to use her three semesters as a SHERP student to learn the skills and make the plans that will allow her to write about science professionally for the rest of her life. She has a lot to say.

Stuart Fox graduated with a B.A. in biology from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in vertebrate paleontology. He has done research on the paleoecology of Madagascar and the aerodynamics of Pterosaur flight. After graduation, Stuart worked at the Field Museum of Natural History for two years, before returning to New York where he worked at the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Sex. He has also written articles for Real Estate Weekly.

Andrew Grant has a B.S. in physics with a journalism minor from The College of New Jersey, where he served as editor-in-chief of his college newspaper. He is excited about the SHERP program because it allows him to combine his passions of science and journalism, and he hopes to especially explore the subject of global warming. A resident of Long Island, Andrew loves to travel and watch Mets and Islanders games.

Adam Hadhazy attended Boston College and majored in both English and Philosophy. After graduation, he worked in state government and the insurance industry. While growing up in Annapolis near the Chesapeake Bay, Adam witnessed how important the effective communication of scientific information is to the development of sound public policy. The prospect of writing about matters of scientific interest, for both societal benefit and personal delight, led him to SHERP.

Karina Hamalainen graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in astronomy and a minor in environmental science. Her fascination with the West led her to Colorado, where she assisted a journalist, a photographer and the curator of astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She has joined SHERP in order to begin a career that incorporates her favorite aspects of these three fields.

Monica Heger graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English and a minor in Biology. She began her journalism career in San Francisco, where she started writing for neighborhood newspapers. Since then she has written for the magazine Business 2.0 and covered San Jose City Hall for a weekly community newspaper. She is excited to unite at last, her two passions of science and journalism.

Christopher Intagliata graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in integrative biology and an Italian minor. After several summers spent tracking down Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog populations in remote Sierra Nevada lake basins he volunteered in a lab studying the transmission of infectious diseases afflicting MYLFs. Pondering how to entwine his passions for language and science while avoiding perpetual pipetting and lonely mountain meandering, he stumbled upon SHERP.

Susannah Locke holds a B.S. from Haverford College, where she studied molecular biology and psychology and ran the college’s literary magazine. For two years following graduation she played with neurons as a research technician at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After using almost every type of test tube on the market for every conceivable purpose, she removed her gloves to join SHERP and improve the public’s understanding of science.

Rachel Mahan has a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in English (creative nonfiction writing) from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was also a freelance science writer. She has spent her summers picking through tree frog barf, chasing moths, and interning at The Missouri Review. Rachel finds food production and policy especially interesting because she grew up between Illinois cornfields; however, her backyard was a wildlife refuge. She enjoys bluegrass music and the resultant dancing.

Eric R. Olson holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle. Post-graduation, he worked for a non-profit research center examining the role that genetics play in breast cancer susceptibility. Believing that his talents would be better served communicating science rather than doing it, he dove head first into the world of science journalism. He is interested in multi-media approaches to increasing awareness and understanding of science in the public sphere.

Natalie Peretsman received a B.A. in biology from Brandeis University, alongside minors in journalism and environmental studies. Upon graduating, she unexpectedly became a teacher, first at an environmental education center and then in a 7th grade Atlanta science classroom. Most recently, Natalie taught English lessons to fund an adventurous year in Argentina. While there, she realized it was due time to combine her lifelong loves, science and writing, to educate the public about our world.

Greg Soltis followed a different trajectory than most with a B.S. in aerospace engineering. After life in Hooville (University of Virginia), oh the places he went. He ministered to youth and taught science in Mississippi, Rhode Island, and New Jersey before getting a masters degree in theology from Boston University. His recognition of the need for more thorough coverage of scientific issues with religious and ethical implications has motivated him to join SHERP.

Victoria Stern has a B.A. in chemistry with a minor in English literature from Swarthmore College. Post graduation, she tried her hand at laboratory work at the University of Pennsylvania, but soon after transitioned into the world of medical writing. She also briefly worked as a pastry chef for a four star restaurant in Philadelphia. She is excited about attending SHERP and bridging the gap between her love of science and writing.

Katherine Tweed has a B.A. in communications from Boston College, where she also threw herself into many science courses. She now lives in New York City, where she has spent the last three years as a writer and assistant producer for Fox News, and most recently as the health editor for She is eager to join SHERP so she can ignore the next season of American Idol and finally specialize in science writing.