Senior Director, Immersive Experiences, National Geographic
- NASW workshop
- CASW New Horizons in Science
- Lunch with a scientist
Director, ASAPBio, Cambridge, Mass.
Jessica Polka is director of ASAPbio, a biologist-driven non-profit working to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences. She's also a visiting scholar at the Whitehead Institute; prior to this, she did postdoctoral work in synthetic biology at Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and cell biology at UCSF.
Freelance writer and CASW board member, San José, Costa Rica
Debbie Ponchner is an experienced assigning editor who has worked closely with Latin American journalists, both as an editor at La Nación, Costa Rica's major newspaper, and as an editor of Scientific American en Español. She holds a master's in science journalism from the Universitat Pompeu Farba, Barcelona, Spain, and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in the academic year of 2003-04.
Freelance science writer
Freelance writer, Boston, Mass.
Elizabeth Preston is a freelance science journalist and editor in the Boston area. She has written news stories, features and comic books for kids from preschool through high school. Her writing for adults appears in Discover, the Atlantic, Quanta, and others. Prior to becoming a freelancer, she was the editor of the children's magazine Muse.
Contributing writer, National Geographic, Bozeman, Mont.
David Quammen is the author of sixteen books, including most recently The Tangled Tree, and a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award, for his work in National Geographic and elsewhere.
Editor, Science News for Students, Washington, D.C.
Janet Raloff, a Science News staffer for 40 years, is the driving force behind the brilliance of Science News for Students (SNS). She’s committed to journalistic excellence while also educating a new generation on all things science.She also was among the first to give national visibility to such issues as electromagnetic pulse weaponry and hormone-mimicking pollutants, and was the first anywhere to report on the widespread tainting of streams and groundwater sources with pharmaceuticals. Her writing has won awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the International Free Press Association, and the Institute of Food Technologists. Over the years, Janet has been an occasional commentator on NPR's "Living on Earth" and her work has appeared in several dozen publications. She is also a founding board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Before joining Science News, Janet was managing editor of Energy Research Reports (outside Boston), a staff writer at Chemistry (an American Chemical Society magazine) and a writer/editor for Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Initially an astronomy major, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (with an elective major in physics).
Freelance writer, New York, N.Y.
Sandeep Ravindran is a freelance science writer based in New York City. He covers life sciences and technology, and has written for a variety of publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic News, PBS “NOVA Next,” The Scientist, Ars Technica, and Wired.
Lecturer, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla.
Czerne Reid is a lecturer in the University of Florida College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. She earned a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry at Emory University, and a graduate certificate in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her bachelor's degree in chemistry is from the University of the West Indies, Mona, in her native Jamaica. Czerne leads the development, administration and evaluation of graduate and undergraduate online programs and courses in psychiatry subject areas. She also created and taught an in-person upper-level undergraduate science writing course in the U.F. College of Journalism and Communications. Czerne has worked as a science writer and reporter at various outlets across the U.S., including The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Salinas Californian, Stanford News Service, Stanford School of Medicine Office of Communication and Public Affairs, and U.F. Health Communications. Her awards include: Exemplary Teacher Award, U.F. College of Medicine; Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow, U.F. Warrington College of Business; Educational Innovator Award and Educator Award, U.F. Health Educational Scholarship Program; Kaiser Media Fellow, Kaiser Family Foundation; multiple print journalism awards, South Carolina Press Association and South Carolina Medical Association. She serves as co-chair of the Education Committee of the National Association of Science Writers, coordinating a stable of career development programs for students, and was co-chair of the Regional Committee on Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017 (WCSJ2017).
Director of community partnerships and engagement, News Literacy Project, New York, N.Y.
Damaso Reyes is the News Literacy Project’s director of partnerships. A multimedia journalist whose work has been published by the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and Der Spiegel, he spent three years as a volunteer journalist fellow for NLP, making presentations in New York City classrooms both in person and remotely from Barcelona, Spain, where he lived for several years.
Damaso is also a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, focusing on migration issues, and spent more than a decade as the principal photographer for The Europeans, a long-term photographic documentary project examining the changes that Europe and its people are experiencing as the European Union expands and integrates. Previous assignments and projects have taken him to a variety of countries, including Rwanda, Iraq, Indonesia, and Tanzania, and throughout the United States. His images are featured in the 2014 monograph Black: A Celebration of a Culture and the 2005 book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War.
A 2008 Fulbright Scholar, Damaso has received several grants and awards, including a 2007 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, a 2012 Knight-Luce Fellowship for reporting on global religion, a 2013 French-American Foundation Fellowship for immigration reporting and a 2015 Holbrooke Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. Damaso attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in photography.
Director of communications; College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland College Park
Manager of media relations, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Science journalist and senior fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Mass.
Cristine Russell is an award-winning freelance journalist who has covered science, environment, public health and STEM issues for four decades. A former national science reporter for the_ Washington Post,_ she has also written for news media outlets such as Scientific American, Columbia Journalism Review and the Atlantic.
Russell is a Harvard Kennedy School adjunct lecturer in public policy and senior fellow in the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She teaches, writes and organizes public events on climate, energy and the media. Russell co-chaired the Organizing Committee of the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017 in San Francisco and is a past-president and current executive committee member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. She is also a former president of the National Association of Science Writers.
Russell is an advisory board member and former fellow at HKS' Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society; and a Mills College graduate with a degree in biology.
Front Matter, Editor, PNAS Front Matter
Senior writer, molecular biology, Science News, Washington, D.C.
Tina is a Ph.D. molecular geneticist turned science writer. She developed the agricultural biotechnology and the medical science beats at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before coming to Science News to write about molecular biology. She develops relationships with sources and often gets early warning when important studies are soon to be published.