Freelance Science Writer (2006-present)  Clients include:

Contributing Science WriterThe ALS Forum (2017-present)

  • Writing news and feature articles about basic and clinical research on ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Science Writer, Alzforum (2008-2016)

  • Covering research and meeting news related to ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions


Contributing Columnist, Los Angeles Times, Health section (2010-2011)

  • Writing a twice-monthly column called “In the Works”
  • Covering upcoming treatments and other topics in health news


Contributing Science Writer, StemBook (2009-2010)

  • Covering hot topics in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine


News Intern, Nature; Washington, DC Bureau (2008)

  • Writing science and policy news, research summaries, and blog entries
  • Covering news of the 2001 anthrax attack investigation


Internships during study at University of California, Santa Cruz (2007-2008)


Mass Media Fellow, Los Angeles Times, Science Desk (2007)

  • Writing breaking news articles and features in all areas of science
  • Sponsored by the American Association for Advancement of Science



  • Writing and editing for a variety of audiences, from teens to scientists
  • Explaining complex scientific concepts
  • Managing multiple projects
  • Meeting deadlines in a daily news environment
  • Thorough research of every topic
  • Working with a team, remotely from home


Science Communication Program, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008

      Intensive journalism training for students with a background in research

PhD, Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2007

ScB, Biology with Honors, magna cum laude, Brown University, 2002


Diane McGurgan Service Award, 2014

      Award given by National Association of Science Writers (NASW), presented to myself and Dennis Meredith for “going beyond the call of duty” as co-chairs of the Awards Committee.

Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Writers, 2010

      Award recognizing outstanding reporting by science journalists 30 years old or younger.

Cary Lu Memorial Fellowship, 2007

      Scholarship for study of science writing at UC Santa Cruz.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego, 2006

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2007

      Grant award based on written research proposal

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Elected to membership 2002


NASW Awards Committee Co-Chair, 2012-present

      Organizing the Science in Society writing competition and managing the judging process

NASW Education Committee, 2016-present

      Editing student news story, selecting student fellowship recipients

Presenter, NASW Annual Meeting, November 6, 2010, New Haven, Connecticut

 The Analog Office, Or, How to run a business on index cards, highlighters, and Post-It notes

      Session: Profitable freelancing: Starting a business and keeping it productive

NASW Annual Meeting Committee member, 2011-2012

      Selecting proposals for sessions at the ScienceWriters meeting

Careers in Science Writing Presentations—See Careers section

     I have given more than a dozen presentations about science writing and my career at universities and research institutes.


Teaching beginner swing dancing at Rusty’s Rhythm Club, 2015-present

Senior Teaching Assistant, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego, 2006-2007

      Training and advising new teaching assistants

Teaching Assistant, Division Biological Sciences, UC San Diego, 2004-2006



  • PhD Thesis Research:

      Study of cell-to-cell communication in bacteria during their development

      Analysis of how a cellular motor identifies its cargo (Dance et al, Traffic, 2004)


References provided on request.

© Amber Dance 2016