Frederick Douglass said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." So why aren't we focusing on building strong children, improving infrastructure, expanding our horizons, doing the right and difficult things? I'm going to ask these questions and write about the answers.
Also, I'm going to keep saying, "We are better than this - We are smarter than this," until it comes true.
I started out in Journalism at a now-defunct newspaper in Vermont in 1996, where we inked an actual press. My next stop was the Daily Californian in Berkeley, where the copy was cut and pasted on a board. In 1997, I ran my first science journalism piece on Comet Hale Bopp. I went on to earn degrees in English, Neuroscience, Biotechnology and Medicine (MD). After leaving medicine, I went (back) to work for NASA as a contributor to Astrobiology Magazine. Nowadays, I am at USC Annenberg studying specialized journalism. I hope to bring together my first-hand knowledge of medicine, my experience in science and my career as a journalist to improve health literacy, assist physicians to communicate with their patients and to break the ice around the image of modern-day researchers.