Philosophy

Science journalism is an art form — where research becomes a story. A probe landing on the surface of mars is transformed into an epic journey where its last three minutes leave the reader on the edge of his seat. An observing run becomes an elaborate adventure where the high elevation makes breathing difficult and as always, instruments break. The Higgs boson is no longer a newly discovered particle, but a window into a different realm. Science journalism allows room for creativity. But while it is important to engage the reader, it is crucial to do so accurately.

Education

I graduated from Whitman College in May 2011 with two degrees: one in physics-astronomy and one in philosophy. In May 2013 I received my master's degree in astronomy from the University of Wyoming. I currently freelance for Sky & Telescope magazine and www.universetoday.com. In the fall I will attend NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.

Journalism

As human beings we're drawn to the inner-workings of subatomic particles, the search for other life forms and the opaque gas enshrouding the big bang. Journalism has the power to unwrap and elucidate scientific results in a compelling and accurate way. As a freelance science journalist, I have published over 150 articles. My work has been picked up by tens of websites and even translated into Serbian.

Travels

I have always felt the need to travel — to explore the world and in doing so come to better understand myself. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and southeast Asia. After my college graduation I lived in a Buddhist Temple in northeast Thailand. Every day I would wake up at 3 a.m. to sleepily meditate under a large golden Buddha.