Contributors

Tim Barker

Tim Barker

Tim Barker is a former newspaper reporter and editor, who spent nearly two decades working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Orlando Sentinel. He most recently covered Monsanto, agriculture and biotech for the Post-Dispatch.

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Marc Brazeau

Marc Brazeau

Marc Brazeau is an essayist and editor of Food and Farm Discussion Lab as well as the founder and administrator of the online community of the same name. He also is contributor to Biofortified.org and Skepti-Forum.org. He lives and works in Portland, OR.

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John de Dios

John de Dios

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David Despain

David Despain

David Despain is a science and health journalist based in Gilbert, Ariz. Follow him on Twitter @daviddespain.

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Steph Gorski

Steph Gorski

Steph Gorski is a PhD candidate in Entomology at NC State University. She enjoys doing bug shows for kids, Zumba, and gym time.

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Layla Katiraee

Layla Katiraee

Layla Parker-Katiraee holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. Her PhD work focused on epigenetics, specifically in the field of genomic imprinting. She's been working in the biotech industry for over 6 years and is currently working as a Senior Scientist in Product Development at a biotech company in the San Francisco Bay Area. She's been learning about GMOs in her spare time, and keeps a blog as a hobby. All opinions and views expressed are her own.

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Meredith Knight

Meredith Knight

Meredith is a science and health writer based in Austin, Texas. She graduated from NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program and has written for Scientific American MIND, Scientific American Online, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other publications.

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Aneela Mirchandani

Aneela Mirchandani

I am a food-blogger (theoddpantry.com) who has always been enraptured by science. I strive to achieve the delicate mental balance between confidence in what we know so far, and the humility to know that anything could be proven wrong in the future. And I love insects!

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Stephan Neidenbach

Stephan Neidenbach

Stephan Neidenbach is a middle school teacher living in Annapolis, MD. He holds a BS in business administration from Salisbury University and a MS in Instructional Technology from University of Maryland University College. He started and runs the Facebook page We Love GMOs and Vaccines, follow him on twitter @welovegv.

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Ibrahim Omer

Ibrahim Omer

Research Assistant at CSU Monterey Bay and graduate student of 3D Animation at the Academy of Art University.

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Isaac Ongu

Isaac Ongu

Agriculturist and consultant on agricultural information dissemination from Kampala, Uganda

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Steven Park

Steven Park

Steven is an undergraduate student with a prospective double major in cognitive science and computer science at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is a writer for both the Science Opinion section of the Miscellany News, Vassar's largest campus newspaper, and the Science & Technology section of Boilerplate Magazine, an online news source that promotes the discussion of all types of social issues. He is currently a consultant at the Vassar College Writing Center, where he helps students craft and polish their essays and research papers.

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Diana Peña

Diana Peña

I am an ethical and ecological vegan who supports biotech to improve the sustainability of agriculture and put a stop to animal farming once and for all.

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Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh

Arvind Suresh is a freelance science communicator with experience in life sciences research. He holds a Master's degree in Cell Biology and Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and enjoys reading, writing, reading and talking all things science. Connect with him @suresh_arvind

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Meredith Swett Walker

Meredith Swett Walker

Meredith Swett Walker is a science writer based in western Colorado. She studied behavioral endocrinology at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Ph.D. in organismal biology and ecology from the University of Montana-Missoula. Her work has appeared in regional newspapers as well as DoubleXScience.org, Entomology Today and Colorado Outdoors magazine.

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David Warmflash

David Warmflash

David Warmflash is an astrobiologist, physician, and science writer. Follow @CosmicEvolution to read what he is saying on Twitter.

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Amanda Zaluckyj

Amanda Zaluckyj

Amanda is from Southwest Michigan where her family farms 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans. For 26 years, Amanda and her family ran and supplied a roadside market selling their own fresh fruits and vegetables. After graduating college, Amanda attended law school at Michigan State University College of Law and is now a practicing lawyer. She also "ag-vocates" at her blog TheFarmersDaughterUSA.com about issues facing modern agriculture.

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Robin Bisson

Robin Bisson

Robin director of GENeS, the Genetic Expert News Service, which provides access to scientific expertise and opinion on the latest genetics and biotechnology news.

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Maria Brilaki

Maria Brilaki

Maria Brilaki is the founder of Fitness Reloaded, where she helps over 100,000 monthly readers make better, healthier choices. She's a Stanford Engineering grad and the best-selling author of "Surprisingly...Unstuck: The Power of Small Healthy Habits In A World Addicted To Instant Results."

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Hank Campbell

Hank Campbell

I am the founder of Science 2.0.

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Jon Entine

Jon Entine

Jon Entine is a Senior Fellow at the World Food Center's Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California-Davis and Senior Fellow at the Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University. He has written or edited seven books, including: Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People (2007), Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (2005) and Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It (2001). He is a columnist/contributing writer at Forbes and Ethical Corporation magazine. Before launching his writing and consulting career, Jon was an Emmy-award winning producer and executive for 20 years at NBC News and ABC News. He received his degree in philosophy from Trinity College (CT) and studied at the University of Michigan under a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

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Julia Franke

Julia Franke

German-Swiss student, currently pursuing an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Kristen Hovet

Kristen Hovet

Kristen Hovet is an American-Canadian journalist and writer who specializes in the areas of psychology, health, science, and the intersection of sociology and culture. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. Her work has appeared on The Establishment, xoJane, Patheos, Globalo, and more.

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Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly

I'm a suburban wife/mom, cooking teacher and food writer (WSJ, National Review, Chicago Tribune). Helping inform moms like me about all sides of the food story, not just what the culinary elite wants us to believe.

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Ben Locwin

Ben Locwin

Dr. Ben Locwin is a highly-sought after author, speaker, lecturer, and healthcare industry thought leader. His focus is on demystifying science so the public and businesses can make better effective use of the information as well as strategic leadership, quality improvement, statistical process control, and interpersonal psychology. He also is an active professor of business management and psychology/neuroscience courses. He has coached and consults for a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, chemical, food and nutrition, academic, psychological sciences, and forensics. He has BS and MS degrees in astrophysics; an MBA and MS in organizational leadership; Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification for industrial process improvement; and a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience / Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He has been elected to the Board of Directors for NBC2, GBCC, and is on the board for the Association for Pharmaceutical Sciences Nutraceuticals and Natural Products Chemistry Focus Group.

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Elizabeth Newbern

Elizabeth Newbern

Elizabeth Newbern is a contributing writer for the GLP. She has also written for GenomeWeb, Live Science, Audubon Magazine, and Scholastic. She received her MA in Journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and a BA in Geology from Bryn Mawr College. You can follow her on twitter @liznewbern.

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XiaoZhi Lim

XiaoZhi Lim

XiaoZhi Lim is a recent graduate of the Boston University Science Journalism Graduate Program and a native of Singapore. She has contributed to Boston University News Service, Inside Science TV and Bytesize Science. Follow her on Twitter @limxiaozhi Please, call her X.

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Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer’s fascination with the human brain, neuroscience and philosophy of the mind proved so strong as an undergraduate she switched from studying physics (a sure thing in those days) to cognitive science (only in its second year as an academic subject). She then attained a Ph.D. in computational molecular biology and her postdoctoral experience took her through the fields of molecular graphics, nuclear magnetic resonance, cheminformatics, drug discovery and 3D visualization. Finally, Jane realized that she should become a journalist so she could forever be a student and she also believes that good science journalism contributes to an informed and empowered society. In addition to the Gene-ius column at the Genetic Literacy Project, Jane regularly writes for BBC Earth, BBC Future and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. She is also executive producer of KGNU’s How on Earth science radio show and produces radio shows for Colorado Public Radio.

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Rachel VanCott

Rachel VanCott

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David Walton

David Walton

I'm a full-time Farmer in Cedar County Iowa, growing a mixture of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and pasture on about 500 acres of the worlds most productive soils. Our family has been farming in this area of Iowa since 1836 using the philosophy that each generation MUST leave the soil in better condition than we found it. We use a variety of agricultural methods from conventional to no-till, and employ both GMO and non-GMO crops to accomplish the goals in each system.

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Doug Van Hoewyk

Doug Van Hoewyk

I am an Associate Professor at Coastal Carolina University where I teach a variety of plant-related classes. I am a plant-stress physiologist, and my NSF-funded research investigates how plants tolerate heavy metals. I am also interested in the intersection between science and society, and value the importance of communicating science to the public and increasing diversity in the sciences.

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Maria Bolevich

Maria Bolevich

Born in 1989. Education: -Medical High School -Podgorica, Montenegro ( 2004-2008 ) -University of Montenegro, Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology, Department of Environmental protection-Specialist of Environmental protection (2008-2012)

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Michael Bud

Michael Bud

Web Director of GLP and Author of Un-Science Universe Comics.

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Arthur Doucette

Arthur Doucette

Cook, Gardener and Retired Software developer.

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Sterling Ericsson

Sterling Ericsson

Sterling Ericsson is a biology-focused writer with a bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Texas A&M University. He writes for the blog Bioscription and also posts articles for the website A Science Enthusiast. He can be found on Twitter @SterlingEricson or @bioscription

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Andrew Porterfield

Andrew Porterfield

I'm a writer, editor and marketing communication consultant, mainly about life sciences. I've covered biotech issues as a journalist, and help out startup biotechs, academic institutions and consultancies. I've got a MS in biotechnology, and live in California.

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Tabitha M. Powledge

Tabitha M. Powledge

I'm a long-time science and medical journalist, publishing online and in print periodicals ranging from Scientific American to The Lancet. I was Founding Editor of The Scientist and a Senior Editor at Nature Biotechnology, and my books are Your Brain: How You Got It and How It Works and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microbiology. I began On Science Blogs in 2009 and was invited to move it to the PLOS Blog Network in 2013. New posts on Fridays at http://blogs.plos.org/onscienceblogs/ . I'm a member of the Authors Guild, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and have been elected four times to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Science Writers.

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Rebecca Randall

Rebecca Randall

@beccawrites

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Iida Ruishalme

Iida Ruishalme

M.Sc. in Biology from Sweden, work experience from environmental chemistry, diabetes research, and pharmaceutical bio-bank labs. Fiction and science writer with the blog thoughtscapism.com and a contributor to skepti-forum.org. Lives in Switzerland.

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Paul McDivitt

Paul McDivitt

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Kavin Senapathy

Kavin Senapathy

Kavin Senapathy is a freelance writer, science popularizer and activist based in Madison, Wisconsin. Kavin contributes to Grounded Parents, Skepchick, and Genetic Literacy Project. The co-author of "The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari's Glass House, and co-founder of March Against Myths (mamyths.org) loves all things genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. Her interests span the human and agricultural realms. Follow Kavin on Facebook and Twitter @ksenapathy

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Amber Sherwood-K

Amber Sherwood-K

Amber Sherwood-K is science educator and communicator. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Botany and is currently working on her Educational Master's in SUNY Buffalo's Science and the Public program. She resides in Kitsap County, Washington and is the founder/organizer of Kitsap County Skeptics and organizer for Kitsap Atheists and Agnostics.

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A. J. Smuskiewicz

A. J. Smuskiewicz

I'm a freelance writer, editor, and artist, with more than 20 years experience specializing in science and healthcare. My areas of special interest include human sexuality and gender, genetic influences on behavior, psychology and mental health, and the interactions between science and popular culture. I'm the author of an autobiographical novel, My Transvestite Addictions, written under the name of Jack/Jacquelina A. Shelia and published by BookLocker.com in 2013. (ISBN 978-1626463257)

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Nicholas Staropoli

Nicholas Staropoli

Nicholas Staropoli is the Associate Director of GLP and Director of the Epigenetics Literacy Project. He received an MA in Biology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and a BS in Bio-Medical Sciences from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. You can follow him on twitter @NickfrmBoston.

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Emily Sutherlin

Emily Sutherlin

I have been writing for local and international businesses for almost seven years. While studying to become a midwife, I became interested in genetically modified organisms and biotechnology after I was heavily influenced that GMOs were "the devil". After doing my own research and learning that was the furthest from the truth about genetic biotechnology, I made it a personal mission to help educate others about the myths of genetic research and groundbreaking work happening in both the human and agricultural areas of biotechnology.

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Kenrick Vezina

Kenrick Vezina

Kenrick Vezina has a M.S. in science writing from MIT and has spent his career as a science writer and educator. His academic background is in biology, and he has been interested in evolution and the the relationship between humanity and nature for as long as he can remember. In addition to the Gene-ius column at the Genetic Literacy Project, his work can be found across the web. He often contributes to Northern Woodlands magazine's "Outside Story" column.

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Katherine Wendelsdorf

Katherine Wendelsdorf

Katherine Wendelsdorf is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD in the Systems Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit. She received here Ph.D. in Computational Biology from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Science in Public Health from Tulane University where she studied insect-borne diseases. She was a 2006 Fulbright Scholar in Brazil and a 2010 Lindau Fellow. She has written for various media outlets on current research topics in biotech and the implications they have for society structure and daily life.

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Become a Contributing Writer

One of the goals of the Genetic Literacy Project is to give scientists, journalists, activists, industry representatives, students—and anyone with a thoughtful opinion grounded in science—an opportunity to share their thoughts and reach a wide audience. The GLP offers a unique opportunity to take part in a discussion and be part of a community of readers and writers that want to give  issues the thoughtful attention they deserve. We are looking for blog articles, with hyperlinks. Their length can range from a few hundred words to as long as you can sustain a critical piece. If you are interested in becoming a contributing writer, here’s how it works:
    1. Apply here with a valid email address. We strive to keep everything as transparent and open as possible on the GLP, so make sure to put your real name in your Contributor profile.
    2. In a sentence or two, note your title and background and your website if you have one. This information will appear on your archived Contributor page after you are approved as a Contributor.
    3. Once you've finished filling out the registration page, send the request to the GLP.
    4. We will immediately review your registration and once approved, we will upgrade the status of your user account to Contributor.
    5. Your name will appear on the Contributor page underneath a blank picture, so you're not quite done yet. On the Contributor page, in the middle column, click "Edit My Profile". Upload a picture of yourself. You can change your picture or description of yourself or your website at anytime.
    6. Now that you are approved and your picture and bio details are posted, login to go to the Dashboard and start writing!

Writing for the GLP

  1. Logging in takes you to the Dashboard. Click “Add New” and start writing. Note that you can add images to your piece and place them where you want by clicking on the “Add Media” icon and uploading pictures from your files or non-copyrighted images from the web. Add hyperlinks so readers can review your sources. Note that if you write the article initially in a word processing application like Microsoft Word and you have already created hyperlinks, when you cut and paste that document on the GLP Dashboard and all the hyperlinks will be automatically preserved (even if you do not see them). They will show up when your article is posted.
  2. When you are finished writing your article and making it look the way you want, make sure that you have a bio line at the bottom. This is a good opportunity to link to your own site or profile so readers can learn more about you or get in touch with you. If you want people to follow you on Twitter, let them know and link to your Twitter account.
  3. A GLP editor will add the Categories for each piece.
  4. You may edit and save your draft(s) to update at your leisure. Once a post is complete, save as a draft without a publishing date, and let us know by email that the blog is finished. If you find a mistake or just want to make a change, return to the Dashboard, hit “edit” and make your changes. It’s never too late to update your story.
  5. After reviewing the article, we will schedule it in the proper section on the GLP site—in Gene-ius or in GeneTrends—Food and Agriculture.
  6. As soon as it’s posted, join in on the discussion as people read and respond.

Contributing Writer Application