An environmental literature class introduced me to science writing and it was love at first sight. I’m wrapping up my undergraduate career at Indiana University Bloomington with majors in biology and Spanish and –most importantly– an individualized minor in science writing.
My research at IU finds new ways to make and purify sugars. They’re used in everything from antiviral drugs to baby formula, but surprisingly slow and complicated to make. My lab combines pumps, coding, and a whole lot of tubing to create sugar-making machines. These setups can produce sugars in a fraction of the time it takes traditional methods.The sweetest part of my work, though, is being able to talk to the public about carbohydrate chemistry. I take every opportunity I can to participate in scicomm on campus: leading the online creative content team for the IU Journal of Undergraduate Research, running social media accounts for the science blog ScIU, authoring a weekly newsletter of science policy, and reporting on science news for the College of Arts and Sciences.
I’m especially interested in the science-society connection. My work tackles topics ranging from birth control access to gene editing, always centering how the discoveries that happen in the lab or the field impact our daily lives. I couldn’t be more excited to join the talented team at El Nuevo Día for this summer of scicomm!