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Erika K. Carlson

2018 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Astronomy
Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation
Fellowship Site: Discover Magazine

I am a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where I have been gaining science writing experience by working with the university’s communications office and broadcasting space and astronomy news on “Radio Astronomy,” a podcast and news show on WORT, the Madison community radio station. Before moving to Madison, I earned by bachelor’s degree in physics at Pomona College in Claremont, CA and worked at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, CA. I intend to pursue a career as a science writer and am excited to write for Discover magazine as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow this summer.

Fellowship publications at Discover Magazine

6/14/2018          Astronomers Catch Black Hole Devouring Star

6/18/2018          22,000-year-old Panda Skull Shows New Family Line

6/21/2018          These Moths Are The First Nocturnal Insect With A Magnetic Compass

6/27/2018          This Device Makes You Invisible to Thermal Imaging

7/02/2018          First Fern Genome Shows Unique Bacterial Partnership

7/05/2018          Go Web, Go! Spiders May Use Silk to Sail on Electric Fields

7/09/2018          Natural Antifreeze Keeps Beetles Unfrozen

7/10/2018          Using Sunlight to Make Spaceship Fuel and Breathable Air

7/12/2018          What Is a Blazar? It's Like Staring Down the Barrel of a Black Hole

7/17/2018          Jupiter's Got Twelve New Moons — One is a Bit of a Problem Child

7/19/2018          Divide and Conquer: How Cell Splitting Lets Plants Thrive on Land

7/25/2018          To Understand Fossils, These Paleontologists Are Making Faux-ssils

7/26/2018          How We Discovered the Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy

7/30/2018          Meteorite Crystals Older than Earth Reveal Early Sun Secrets

7/31/2018          As Subway Commuters Mingle, Their Microbes Do Too

8/07/2018          From Vikings to Ivory Merchants: The Economy of Greenland's Lost Colonies

8/14/2018          Magnetic Fields May Be to Blame for Jupiter's Skin-Deep Stripes