SHERP 29

Joseph CastroJoseph Castro has a B.S. in physics and a certificate in professional writing from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. As an undergraduate he hunted for extra-solar planets but found that research was not for him, leading him away from the telescope and to the pen. After writing about science for University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program for nine months, Joseph comes to SHERP with the desire to share his love of science with the world.


Francie DiepFrancie Diep holds her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she edited the literary journal, worked in a functional genomics lab, and taught genetics to undergraduates. Her latest project involved tagging fruit fly brain cells with red and green fluorescence proteins. After two years at the bench and chalkboard, she is eager to put her English skills back to work finding and reporting science stories.


Rose EvelethRose Eveleth graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in ecology and a minor in writing. She spent the last four years there poking around in labs, studying krill, climbing trees, riding bikes and perfecting her fish doodles. A sucker for being lost in strange places, she recently wandered her way through Costa Rica, Portugal, Tokyo and Bonaire and is excited to take her wandering to the epicenter of strange places, New York City.


Sarah FechtSarah Fecht has loved biology since the 7th grade, and only became more infatuated after discovering evolutionary theory during college. As a biology major at Binghamton University, she completed several research internships, including one in plant ecology and one in behavioral genetics, but found that the only thing she loves more than doing science is talking about science. She looks forward to sharing this passion with the rest of the world.


Mary Beth GriggsMary Beth Griggs is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.S. in geology and archaeology. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she has a tendency to get unhealthily excited about volcanic eruptions, landslides, snow, and really weird physics concepts. As evidenced by her focus in her undergraduate career, she also finds old rocks of any kind utterly fascinating. She is looking forward to exploring these and many new scientific passions at SHERP.


Lena GroegerLena Groeger studied biology and philosophy at Brown University and is especially interested in the intersection of these two fields. After working as a graphic designer for Brown Health Education, she decided to think outside the poster and explore new means of communication, which led her to SHERP. She’s excited to write about the multidisciplinary questions of science and ethics for the general public.


Madeleine JohnsonMadeleine Johnson received her B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in neurobiology from Columbia. She was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research has focused on the cellular basis of schizophrenia and drug addiction. When not using her brain to think about the brain, Madeleine can be found asking big questions and cobbling together grand scientific theories.


Ritchie KingRitchie King spent his undergraduate days at Dartmouth College, earning a Bachelor of Engineering, playing in the mountains, and chewing the (plant-based) fat with his eco-buddies. After two years of working at Mascoma Corporation, a cellulosic biofuels start-up, Ritchie realized that, quite strangely, writing reports was his favorite part of the job. He has spent the past year traveling, ski-bumming, cooking professionally, and brewing beer and is immensely excited about becoming a science journalist.


Doug MainDoug Main has always loved the natural world and writing. He got a B.A. in English literature and environmental biology from Washington University in St. Louis. This led to employment as a science writer at Purdue University, where he stayed for two and a half years. Next he worked at a biofuels company in his hometown of Champaign, Illinois, researching a better way to extract algae oil for conversion into biodiesel. Doug is excited to return to writing and pursuing his passion for science journalism.


Rachel NuwerRachel Nuwer grew up exploring the bayous and beaches of Mississippi. She majored in biology at nearby Loyola University, minoring in English literature and environmental studies. She also traveled to Laos to research Mekong River fishes, sparking a travel obsession that has taken her to 38 countries. Along the way, she picked up a master’s degree in applied ecology from the University of East Anglia. When not trekking through swamps, Rachel can be found taking photos, rehabilitating kittens and eating phò.


Katie PalmerKatie Palmer graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in chemistry and a concentration in neuroscience, though her classmates knew her best as “that cellist.” Guided by interests in cognitive science and neuroscience, she has probed rat brains for hints of anxiety traits and attempted to reconcile consciousness with the reality of the nervous system. Katie hopes to follow these topics and more in the process of bringing science to the public.


Sabrina RichardsSabrina Richards majored in computational biology at Brown University and then earned her Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Washington, where she studied B lymphocyte responses to antigen. Just before her hand molded itself onto her pipette, she remembered that there is more to research than bench work. She has also worked knee-deep in pond water, attempting to monitor developing wetlands while avoiding bears. Sabrina is excited to help bring the joy of scientific discovery to the masses.


Madhumita VenkataramananMadhumita Venkataramanan is fresh out of university, with a B.A. in biology and an M.S. in clinical immunology from Oxford University. While in school, she pursued her dream of becoming a journalist by working as a correspondent for a Singapore-based magazine and as an editor for The Oxford Student. Somehow, though, she could never quite tear herself away from life sciences. Madhu realized she had hit upon the perfect solution when she discovered SHERP, the ideal synthesis of her ambitions.


Stephanie WarrenStephanie Warren studied biological anthropology and English literature at the University of California, San Diego. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor and has covered everything from triathlon to entrepreneurship to wine, but she can’t wait to join SHERP and make her lifelong passion for science her career. When she’s not on her laptop, she loves to read, cook, and travel.


Amber WilliamsAmber Williams recently graduated from Boston College, majoring in biology and English. As a teaching assistant for introductory biology, she thoroughly learned how to cater to different science backgrounds. She also got a look at the technicalities of science while working in a lab on a thesis concerning endocrine disruption in shrimp. These came together in an “ah-ha!” moment that she wanted to pursue science journalism and she looks forward to doing so at SHERP.