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Aara'L Yarber


I am an atmospheric scientist and a science writer currently finishing my Ph.D. at Penn State. My research examines the relative importance of particulate pollution sources on West African air quality. Whenever science meets social justice, my interest is usually piqued. My journey into science communication began as a science and environment reporter for The Daily Collegian, a student-led newspaper at Penn State, where I wrote about topics ranging from migrating exoplanets to the legacy of Black Americans in horticulture. Last summer, I interned for the American Geophysical Union’s newsroom, where I primarily wrote press releases about emerging climate research. I’m super excited to hone my science communication skills at The Washington Post this summer! 



A young woman wearing a purple turtle neck smiles in the park.
Photo Credit: Chelsey Laurencin

The Pennsylvania State University

Fellowship Sponsor: American Physical Society

Fellowship Host: The Washington Post