Resume


WRITING EXPERIENCE

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)

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

 

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

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

 

Contributing Science Writer, StemBook (2009-2010)

  • Covered hot topics in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine

 

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

  • Wrote science and policy news, research summaries, and blog entries
  • Covered 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)

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

 

SKILLS

  • 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


EDUCATION

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


HONORS AND AWARDS

Honorable Mention, The Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine, 2017

      Award supports writers who craft and publish biomedical stories.

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


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

NASW Education Committee, 2016-present

      Editing student news stories.

      Selecting student fellowship recipients.

NASW Awards Committee Co-Chair, 2011-2017

      Organized the Science in Society writing competition and managed the judging process.

      Oversaw several updates to the award categories and rules.

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.

Volunteer, Science Byline Counting Project, 2015

     Tracked men’s vs women’s bylines for a dataset on gender disparities in science writing.

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

      Helped select proposals for sessions at the ScienceWriters meeting.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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

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

      Trained and advised new teaching assistants

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

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • 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