You can't escape science. It's in the cell phone you use, the
trees you climbed as a child, the aspirin you take and the organic tofu
wrap you ate for lunch. And because science pervades almost every
aspect of your life--either making it better or explaining the world
you live in--we believe you should be able to understand it. We want to
provide you with science stories that are helpful, compelling or just
plain amusing--the kind of stories you could share with friends over a
SciTini is produced by the graduate students at Boston University's Center for Science and Medical Journalism.
Patrick L. Barry
Kirk J. Fernandes
Molly F. Wetterschneider
Patrick came dangerously close to becoming a mechanical engineer,
flirted with physical therapy for two years, and earned a bachelor's
degree in environmental science before falling in love with science
journalism. No doubt these undergraduate wanderings caused his
parents more than a little heartache, but in the end, it proved an
excellent preparation for writing about science. Engineering gave
Patrick a solid grounding in the physical sciences; physical therapy
provided familiarity with medicine and psychology; and environmental
science filled in the life sciences and ecology. As luck would have
it (and much to his parents' relief), this kind of broad foundation
in a wide range of sciences is just the kind of education that a
science journalist needs.
During his final year at the University of Florida, Patrick worked as
an intern and stringer for the city desk of the local daily paper,
The Gainesville Sun. After graduation he ventured to Spain (just
because he wanted to) where he lived for four years, primarily in
Barcelona. There he wrote science news for a NASA-affiliated website
and a local English-language magazine. Eventually, and in spite of
his love affair with Barcelona, the need to further his journalism
career brought him back to the US and to Boston.
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Elizabeth Bassett ight word counts and even tighter deadlines are the keys
ight word counts and even tighter deadlines are the keys
After earning her degree from BU, she
will probably make a
hasty retreat back to
Some might think
Eric spent too much time in his youth hanging out by the river by his house in northern
More recently, Eric has fallen
further down the rabbit hole of science, writing
for the particle physics laboratories at both the bison-haunted
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Email Eric at ebland(at)bu.edu
Andrea sampled a variety of career paths before focusing on science journalism. After majoring in biology in college, she worked in the lab, developing immunological tests for dolphins and beluga whales. Realizing that she enjoyed talking about science more than working at the lab bench, she took a job as a health educator at Planned Parenthood.
On the side, she also
flexed her creative muscles working as a scenic artist at the La Jolla
Playhouse and traveling to
she has tackled include the intersection of fashion and technology in
Smart-clothes, breastfeeding challenges in the third world, and the
tuna. With the birth of her baby girl, Mae, Andrea is now immersed in
of motherhood. She lives with her husband and daughter in
Kirk J. Fernandes
Kirk first developed the idea that he might become a journalist during his teenage years, when he spent many a night falling asleep at a television tuned to CNN. The next morning he would wake up osmotically imparted with the latest news. If only all newsgathering was so effortless.
At the University of Hawaii-Manoa,
Kirk made the logical
progression from studies in computer science to a double-major in
journalism and Japanese language.
De mo, wasurete shimatta. He would later work as a
reporter at the ABC and FOX affiliates in
From his oxygen-deprived explorations
at the astronomical
facilities atop Mauna Kea, to his mosquito-repelling adventures in the
once-Dengue Fever-plagued towns of
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Email Kirk at kirkf(at)bu.edu
Kate hails from the frigid climes of
Kate’s work has appeared in Science NextWave and Harvard Focus. If not tapping away on her laptop, Kate might be found skiing, reading the past week’s worth of Wall St. Journals in one sitting (to catch up), or continuing her efforts to become a faster triathlete. She also maintains a stockpile of dark chocolate bars in an undisclosed location in case those pests actually do decimate the world’s cocoa supply.
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Taylor hails from the quaint New England regions North of Boston, but currently resides in Somerville with her cat, a bird, and a couple of housemates. Taylor studied Art and English at Oberlin College, and had a brief career building costumes for theatre before coming to Boston University to study Journalism, of all things. Somehow in this convoluted voyage she has made her way to the Science Journalism Department, which treats her like one of their own. She is interested in magazine and book writing, and is currently exploring Public Radio, with internships at WBUR and a weekly news magazine for the College of Communications radio station, WTBU.
Growing up, Liz wanted to be an astronaut. She was the nerdy kid in class who loved math and had a poster of a space shuttle launch hanging on her bedroom wall. She may have been to the space station and back by now if fate had not stepped in.
It was a routine visit to her pediatrician that killed her dreams of space forever. Liz, who was a gangly 5 feet tall at age 10, was off the growth charts and very likely would grow to a stunning 5’10” (at least). Liz was devastated by predictions of supermodel stature, for was under the impression that NASA had a strict height limitation of 5’8”. (This turned out to be false information, but Liz didn’t find out until many years later.)
Dejected and downtrodden, Liz considered a number of alternate career paths—basketball superstar, teen pop sensation, organic wine maker—but ultimately found her calling in science journalism, which allows her to indulge her inner nerd while at the same time exploring topics such as neuroscience, medicine, global health, and the environment.
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The hybrid offspring of a biologist and a seismologist, Molly grew up in
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Karen detested Science Fair projects, so a career in research was not meant to be. To indulge her love of learning and discussing science, she obtained a Biology Education degree from
Karen enjoys writing about life sciences and interesting applications of technology. She has written about computer programs that improve the reliability of eyewitness accounts, the use of computers to translate between English and American Sign Language, and using GPS technology for “treasure hunting” in geocaching, which she subsequently adopted as a hobby.
Outside the science realm, Karen is
fascinated with all
things Russian, as she spent her senior year of high school in
to Siberia and later went on a semester study abroad program to
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Email Karen at wiensk(at)bu.edu