Allison Bond, a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, also completed four years of pre-medical coursework there. She has written for American Academy of Pediatrics News, U. Magazine and The Daily Northwestern. Allison founded and edited Northwestern’s student-run global health newsletter and has conducted research at the Mayo Clinic. She comes to SHERP hoping to eventually provide accurate, approachable health and medical information to the public.
Shelley DuBois graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a B.A. in biological anthropology. Her experience in Costa Rica her junior year — collecting insects, tagging plants, and chasing capuchin monkeys — solidified her love of science. As a senior, she discovered UCSD’s science writing curriculum and has pursued internships in the field ever since, most recently at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She also volunteered for three months on a sustainable farm in Ghana.
Crystal Gammon comes to NYU from the California Institute of Technology with an M.S. in geobiology. After spending three years lost in the details of microbial ecology at the bottom of the ocean, atop the Montana Rockies, and in the Australian outback, she could no longer avoid the distraction of the big picture. Deciding it’s time for everyone else to see it too, she’s trading her lab coat for a laptop — but she’ll keep the hiking boots handy. Her B.A. is in earth science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Robert Goodier has lived in Latin America for most of the last seven years. That decision began as a bus trip into Mexico that ended a year and a half later in Peru. Afterwards, he reported for The Tico Times, a weekly in Costa Rica, and finally worked in communications for the Rainforest Alliance, a conservation organization in Costa Rica and Guatemala. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in English.
Brett Israel graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology. He has an M.A. in biochemistry from Emory University and was pursuing a Ph.D. there when he started covering science for the Emory student newspaper and discovered a greater passion for writing about science than performing experiments. Brett joined SHERP with a particular interest in sustainability and transportation. In his free time, he is an avid Atlanta sports fan and a public transit advocate.
Frederik Jølving comes to SHERP with a passion for writing and a desire to constantly expand his horizon. He started out studying philosophy at the University of Salamanca, Spain, but then switched to biology at the University of Copenhagen. After spending sixteen months tinkering with macaque brains at Wake Forest University he graduated from Copenhagen with an M.S. in neurobiology. Since then, he has worked as a freelance science writer and medical writer.
Lindsey Konkel has a B.A. in biology from Holy Cross. As an undergraduate, she researched gap junction communication in a cell biology lab. She also took creative writing classes and completed an interdisciplinary honors thesis in which she explored natural history through creative writing. Since graduation, she has interned at the National Zoo and taught at the New Jersey School of Conservation. Lindsey grew up in Wisconsin and enjoys running, skiing, photography, and the Green Bay Packers.
David Levitan received a B.A. in English from Haverford College in 2003, and has spent most of his time since then as a freelance medical writer. He has written for medical newspapers such as Endocrine Today and Pain Medicine News, as well as for medical professional societies and continuing medical education programs. He hopes to shed the “medical” qualifier and write about all areas of science, especially physics and climate change.
Erik Ortlip embarked on his journey into science as a two year old fixing his own stroller. This acuity for all things mechanical never left him, and led to a course of study in physics and mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Disillusioned by the corporate world, Erik joined the Peace Corps in Kenya. The experience awoke in him a passionate interest in issues of science and technology at the intersection between the developing world and the West.
Lynne Peeples received a M.S. in biostatistics from Harvard University and a B.A. in Mathematics from St. Olaf College. Most recently, she has been searching for the optimal HIV cocktail and any excuse to exercise the non-number-crunching side of her brain, including teaching a night course to non-statisticians. With childhood dreams of becoming a doctor, and days spent hiking in the Pacific Northwest, her passions continue to develop around the intersection of health and the environment.
Genevra Pittman has a B.A. in biology with a religion minor from Swarthmore College. Her studies focused on endocrinology and marine biology and she has spent many hours feeding hormone-juiced hamsters and tracking brine shrimp. She developed her love for journalism during two years as the sports editor of Swarthmore’s newspaper, The Phoenix. Genevra hopes that SHERP will help her educate the public on the many pressing issues facing our planet and our species.
Rachael Rettner holds a B.S. in molecular biology and an M.S. in biology from the University of California at San Diego. While at UCSD, she completed a two-year research project involving protein engineering. She was a teaching assistant in several biology courses and, briefly, a staff writer for the university paper. Along the way, she realized she loved writing about science more than anything else. She is excited to join SHERP and to help communicate science to the public.
Carina Storrs got her start in virology at the University of Florida. She was hooked, for a while. After many years pondering papillomavirus, she obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her post-doc in an HIV laboratory in Paris satisfied her love of speaking French, and made her an expert around a Biosafety Level 3 lab. But desire to write more than manuscripts, and on broad topics in science, finally moved Carina to trade in her pipettor for a pen.