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Christie L.C. Ellis

2018 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Chemistry
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Fellowship Site: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I am a 4th-year Chemistry Ph.D. student at UMass Amherst in Professor D. Venkataraman's ALIEN (Advanced Laboratory for Iontronic, Electronic, and Nanomaterials) and I am thrilled to be writing for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this summer! My thesis work centers on an ironic problem with a family of materials called HOIPs (hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites), which are promising solar cell materials that fall apart in the sunlight. I am researching the cause of this degradation and creating stable new HOIP derivatives. When I'm not making materials or communicating science, you can find me advocating for a more inclusive science culture, doing yoga in my living room, reading Stephen King, or watching all of Arrested Development for the 5th time.

Fellowship publications at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

6/12/2018        Banners tout St. Louis County's new 39 North agricultural technology district

6/14/2018        Hot hot heat: brace yourselves fortemps in the high 90s this weekend, St. Louis

6/24/2018        Navvis gives $2M to establish population health professorship

6/29/2018        BioSTL seeks to close the 'awareness gap' by bringing global health care entrepreneurs to St. Louis

7/07/2018        New residency program providing mental health care for Spanish-speaking Missourians

7/12/2018        Public housing will go smoke-free by the end of the month, even in private spaces

7/15/2018        Washington U lands grant to study childhood obesity as parents grapple with treatment costs

7/22/2018        Teachers learn how to spark early interest in STEM careers

7/22/2018        St. Louis botanists' travels to Central Asia could reap benefits for U.S. fruit crops

8/03/2018        How a camera that sees like a shrimp could save baseball pitchers months of recovery time

8/06/2018        Pedestrian bridge over I-44 in the Hill neighborhood closing after inspection raises safety concerns

8/07/2018        Eastbound Highway 40 through downtown and over Poplar Street Bridge to close through weekend

8/10/2018        On the Job: Q&A with Johanna Foege, total quality manager at Perennial Artisan Ales

8/10/2018        St. Louis Science Center CEO Bert Vescolani leaving to lead Denver Zoo as CEO