Mira Abed

2017 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow

North Carolina State University, Fiber and Polymer Science
Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation
Fellowship Site: LA Times

I am a third year PhD student in Fiber and Polymer Science at NC State, where I am also working on a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy. My PhD research focuses on developing new copper-based dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells with the goal of improving efficiency and stability. In addition, I currently hold an internship in the Office of Public Science for the NC State College of Sciences, which has allowed me to pursue public outreach and engagement activities and given me a new passion for citizen science. I am excited to be writing for the LA Times in summer 2017 as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow.

Fellowship publications  at LA Times

6/16/2017          This new technique could change the future of biodiesel

6/22/2017          Why are some eggs round and others pointy? It may have to do with how well a bird flies.

6/24/2017          Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

6/29/2017          Field tests show how pesticides can wreak havoc on honeybees

7/12/2017          Surgery for early-stage prostate cancer does not lead to longer lives, study finds

7/21/2017          Scientists find key 'friendliness' genes that distinguish dogs from wolves

7/27/2017          The DNA of ancient Canaanites lives on in modern-day Lebanese, genetic analysis shows

8/11/2017          Americans want a say in human genome editing, survey shows

8/18/2017          What should you say to a climate change skeptic?