Kate Baggaley is a recent graduate of Vassar College, where she received a B.A. in Biology and a minor in English. She spent most of her undergraduate years thinking she wanted to be a research scientist, and bounced around field stations in Mexico and the Isles of Shoals until she realized that her favorite part of science is writing about it. When not writing and science-ing, she enjoys black tea, sketching, and playing the clarinet.
Caitlin Davis is a recent graduate of Simmons College, where she received a B.A in English and a minor in biology. Despite her often-hilarious fear of needles, Caitlin has managed to become interested in medicine and reading about its biological properties. She is looking forward to learning more about all aspects of science journalism during her time at SHERP.
Rachel Feltman recently graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she majored in environmental studies and fell into each pond on campus at least once. She sometimes blogs, often about falling into ponds in the name of science. Originally from southern New Jersey, she’s always loved science and looks forward to helping others appreciate it through her writing at SHERP and beyond. She enjoys martial arts, mushroom hunting, dance, drama, music, and general geekery.
Jocelyn Fong worked most recently as the energy/environment editor for Media Matters for America, where she scrutinized news coverage of climate change, energy development and related issues. When not attempting to read every word on the Internet, she is making art, eating fruit or talking to her mother on the phone. She holds a B.A. in peace, justice and conflict studies from Goshen College.
Benjamin Guarino holds a B.S. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation he joined Penn’s Spine Pain Research Lab, where he studied the motion of artificial intervertebral discs and the painful effects of whole-body vibration. Upon discovering that engineering journals discourage metaphor, Ben decided to shuck his lab coat and don a press badge at SHERP. He’s fond of long runs and bad science fiction, and his Erdos–Bacon number is seven.
Andy Han studied astronomy and the history of science at Dartmouth College, but his main interests have expanded to include evolutionary biology and genetics as well. Having preferred non-fiction to fiction since the age of six, he is on a mission to find out as much as he can about the Universe. An avid athlete and eater, he’s excited for all New York has to offer, especially SHERP.
William Herkewitz is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned his B.A. in English literature. A lifelong lover of science, he is coming to NYU after a year of writing and working for two Philadelphia-based science museums, The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. At SHERP, William hopes to somehow combine his compulsive need to write with his interests in science, humor, history, and international affairs.
Katie Hiler moved to New York in 2009 to become an editorial assistant for Springer Science + Business Media after getting degrees in brain and cognitive science and English from the University of Rochester. When academic publishing didn’t provide the thrill that writing about science did, she discovered SHERP at NYU and, with it, a field that finally feels made for her. She is excited to discover where her passion for science and writing takes her next.
Roni Jacobson graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in psychology. Following a stint teaching Arabic in Minnesota, she started work as a behavior therapist at the Marcus Autism Center, where she learned about research methodology and gathered material for some gripping stories. Roni has worked in mental health policy at The Carter Center for the past year, and is excited to have found an outlet for her experiences at SHERP.
Sarah Jacoby grew up in Tucson, Arizona, as the daughter of two astronomers. She recently graduated from Reed College where she studied behavioral neuroscience. Her work has appeared in a few alt-weeklies as well as Neuroscience Letters. Sarah spent her last year in Portland, Oregon, interning at OMSI, working on her science blog, and consuming British television. She loves Alan Partridge, the Eels, and the limbic system.
Alexa Kurzius has always loved to write. After receiving her B.A. in English and psychology from Johns Hopkins in 2006, she moved to New York and became a pharmaceutical advertising copywriter. It was a delightful awakening; she realized she loved writing about health and had a knack for translating medical jargon into easy-to-understand print and web content. She’s eager to share her experience and to learn all she can about science journalism at SHERP.
Lily Newman pretended she wanted to be a science writer so her college applications would be more convincing. Then she got sucked in. She double majored in writing and history of science and technology at Johns Hopkins University and was editor-in-chief of The Hopkins News-Letter. This led to internships at Metro New York and gizmodo.com as well as a totally genuine application to SHERP. She is fascinated by supernovae, colony collapse disorder and battery technology.
Arielle D. Ross discovered a passion for science writing while studying the territorial behaviors of the red-backed salamander at the University of Guelph, Ontario, where she received a B.Sc. honors degree in zoology. She spent the last year of her degree writing for the Ontarion, Guelph’s student-run newspaper, as well as for her science blog, Salamander Hours. Originally from Montreal, Arielle enjoys playing flag-football, cooking, and practicing classical guitar when she’s not reading about science.
Naveena Sadasivam recently graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a minor in English literature. She has spent the last four years designing processes and modeling equations on simulation software, working at a natural gas refinery, freelancing for Climate Control ME, and tutoring students. Having always loved science and writing equally, she hopes that SHERP will help her unite both her passions.
Nick Stockton decided at the age of six that he wanted to be a paleontologist. Like many heartfelt decisions made at that age, he did not follow through. Instead, he filled the dinosaur-sized hole in his life with submarine rides, bicycle trips, and many fine days in the woods. He earned his degree in geography from Portland State University, and until recently has been a lifelong resident of various locales in the great Western states.