Projects

Writing and editing


Saving local biodiversity in the South through community partnerships (Article about Dr John Maerz’s work for UGA’s Great Commitments page) – December 2020

Brief article about Dr Maerz’s work for the Great Commitments’ section, who studies the responses of animals to environmental changes, such as the introduction of invasive species, new land uses and climate change.


How a UGA professor is taking on the mass tort system (Article about Dr Elizabeth Burch’s work for UGA’s Great Commitments page) – November 2020
Picture of Dr Elizabeth Burch in front of the UGA Law Library.

Brief article about Dr Burch’s work for the Great Commitments’ section, on her research studying how mass-tort system is failing many plaintiffs and why reform is necessary.


Mapping the structures of sugars (profile of Dr Parastoo Azadi) – November 2020
Image showing research Dr Parastoo Azadi in a lab coat and working on machine in the lab.

A profile of Dr Parastoo Azadi for UGA Research. For three decades, Parastoo Azadi has been elucidating the structure of glycans: groups of complex sugars that cover every living cell. Understanding their structure—and their function—could lead to breakthroughs in a number of fields, from medicine to renewable energy and sustainable materials.


Understanding the poll section for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll site – October 2020

Conducted a series of guided interviews with people working to help their communities understand and respond to risks – from radio presenters in farming communities affected by floods to restaurant owners protecting city economies from COVID-19 – to get their thoughts to put together a section helping people understand the World Risk Poll.


How we get sick (Article about Dr Karen Norris’s work for UGA’s Great Commitments page) – October 2020
Image showing Dr Norris wearing a UGA face mask pointing at writing on a white board while speaking to another researcher.

Brief article about Dr Norris’ work to fit in with the Great Commitments’ section, contextualizing the importance of her research for society. To keep us healthy, Karen Norris wants to understand how the novel coronavirus attacks our immune system.


Article for Spanish magazine CTXT – July 2020


Written in collaboration with Cibrán Sierra, violinist from the Cuarteto Quiroga and winner of the Spanish National Prize for Music.

Screen capture of the web article "El virus vuela al teatro" showing an empty theatre as well as the title of the article and names of the authors.

In the article we reflect on issues of risk and science and culture, such as the problems that can arise when measures taken by institutions appear arbitrary and how that can undermine people’s trust and the response to the pandemic, as well as to the value and relative priority (or lack of) that we place on culture, be it scientific culture, musical or artistic.

We conclude by saying that a “democracy that does not consider culture as an essential foundation is undermining the critical and creative capacity of an entire generation of citizens (…) and a society that does not strongly support science and research is hopelessly and irreversibly damaging its future. A need for institutions and for political action to prioritize science and culture is therefore, today more than ever, a true imperative for survival.”


Article for VoxEurop Scientific advice needs to be transparent, especially in a crisis – June 2020

An article for VoxEurop on the need for transparency in the process of decision-making in the COVID-19 crisis. The lack of transparency and clarity on what scientific advice has been provided to a government and what decision the government then took, does not only pose a problem for accountability. It also damages public trust in the decisions. Without that trust, it will be harder to engage citizens in supporting the decisions and thus implement the policies. Transparency on its own will not be enough to ensure a good response to the crisis. But it is not a luxury that we can ignore.


35 year anniversary of the University of Georgia’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center – May 2020

The feature was commissioned by UGA Research Communications before COVID-19 spread across the world, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia. The changing context led to the story using COVID-19 to illustrate how important complex carbohydrates are in many different areas. It involved 13 interviews and a re-write to ensure it addressed current news at the time.


Researchers discover clues to the opioid epidemic – May 2020

The article was commissioned by the University of Georgia’s Marketing and Communications office to summarize the work of Dr Jayani Jayawardhana and her colleagues over the previous three years, trying to understand what makes someone at higher risk of being affected by the opioid epidemic in Georgia. The publication date was set back by COVID-19.


Interpretando la genética forense, Spanish guide explaining forensic genetics, published by Sense About Science – April 2019

Coordinated the production and edited a guide on forensic genetics in Spanish for Sense About Science, based on an existing English version. The guide challenges exaggerated and simplistic ideas about what we can learn from samples of forensic DNA, ideas that forensic geneticists believe are perpetuated by crime fiction and resulting in miscarriages of justice. Moreover, it provided specific example relevant to the Spanish legislation at the time of publication and cases that would be recognizable to a Spanish audience from the media and public debates. Also, put together the media and launch strategy in coordination with local partners. The launch was hosted by the Secretary of State for Justice of Spain and included a speech by me in representation of the client, Sense About Science.

Coverage

Recent talks

July 2020

Organized and facilitated a Q&A for a local parenting center with local pediatrician Dr. Akilah Tomingas on COVID-19 and children.

Organized and facilitated a Q&A for a local parenting center with medical educator and science communicator Dr. Amber Schmidtke on COVID-19 and the situations in Georgia.

June 2020

Online talk for local Mama & Baby Center on how to engage critically with information and question the evidence behind claims, titled Making sense of science claims during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2020

Participated as a speaker on a communication session for the University of Georgia’s Spring 2020 Innovation Bootcamp, for faculty and postdoctoral fellows and designed to examine the unique challenges faced by female entrepreneurs.

January 2020

Talk on effective communication for UGA Innovation District’s “Startup 101”.

April 2019

Introduced the guide Interpretando la genética forense at the launch event hosted by the Secretary of State for Justice of Spain.