Professional Experience

Science Writer/Communications Consultant, San Diego, Calif. – 1988 to present

News and featuring writer, newspaper columnist, contributing writer for trade publications, and magazine editor. Senior Writer, San Diego Supercomputer Center (2014-2015). Science communications consultant for science- and technology-based companies, academic/non-profit research institutions, and scientific professional organizations. 

Public Information Representative, Developmental Biology Center, University of California, Irvine – 1985 to 1988

Defined the duties of this newly created position.  Increased awareness of basic research program through national and local media coverage, internal and external publications, and a monthly research newsletter.  Developed an on‑going media program generating coverage by AP, UPI, Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, L.A. Times, Popular Science, Science Digest, and public television stations. 

Associate Account Executive, Regis McKenna Public Relations, Costa Mesa, Calif. – 1983 to 1985

Founding member of Southern California office for high technology/biotechnology public relations agency. Developed and implemented programs in business, trade, and financial public relations for San Diego and Orange County clients engaged in university genetic research, semiconductor design and manufacturing, software publishing, and software data security. 

Other Professional Activities

  • Member-at-Large/Section Y, AAAS (2007-2011)
  • Member of government-sponsored Science Communications in the 21st Century task force (1998-2000)
  • Media Instructor, Aldo Leopold Leadership Program (1999-2000)
  • National Assembly Delegate, Public Relations Society of America (1999-2000)
  • Director at Large, National Association of Science Writers (1997-1999)
  • News Briefings Moderator – AAAS Annual Meetings (1996-2004)
  • Screening Judge, AAAS Science Journalism Awards (1993)
  • Board of Directors, Association for Women in Science (1989-1997)


B.A. in journalism; minor in biology from California State University, Long Beach (1983)


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Association for Women in Science
  • Athena San Diego (founding board member)
  • National Association of Science Writers
  • Public Relations Society of America
  • San Diego Press Club