Writing

Extensive experience writing in variety of styles, ranging from public releations press kits to APA style technical reports.

Environmental and Medical Writing

Clients have included Science Applications International Corp. The University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. EPA. Writing and editing assignments included sections of the books Men's Health for Dummies and Family Health for Dummies, annual reports for the U.S. EPA, and web publicity for technical conferences. (Click on the graphic for full text of a published sample.)

For SAIC, conducted a focus group in two cities evaluating fact sheets for older Americans. Wrote APA-style technical report (PDF, 300 KB) summarizing this qualitative research effort. Used a quasi-quantitative approach by analyzing data in Excel to provide broad conclusions.

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As a public information officer for a five-county regional office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, acted as spokesperson for newspapers, radio stations, and television stations. Environmental program areas included drinking water, wetlands, sewage treatment, storage tank spills, and state superfund cleanups. Also moderated public hearings and meetings, and represented the department at public meetings held by other agencies and governments. Wrote press releases, fact sheets, and reports describing department actions. (Click on the graphic for full text of an article in which I was interviewed.)

Publicized Department's highly successful Brownfields Program through events and print campaigns. Also responded to inquiries from local legislators.

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At the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, wrote a series of articles on environmental issues sent to journalists, science teachers, and free-lance writers. Placed articles in newspapers nationwide, both as columns and background information. Articles required extensive background research and interviewing of academic and government experts. Also coordinated national scientific conferences and periodically wrote longer analyses of environmental issues. (Click on the graphic for full text of an article.) Wrote an article anticipating the Milwaukee cryptosporidium crisis by analyzing previous water contamination incidents involving this water contaminant.

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Other Writing

For the University of Pennsylvania Health System, served as free-lance writer for Penn Today, a publication aimed at referring physicians (sample here, PDF format).

Completed an Instructional Design project for R&B Incorporated, an automotive parts distributor who wanted to improve the training of new employees. Provided a complete solution to client on CD-ROM, including both print and online materials. Also wrote record reviews and edited articles for the fledgling magazine The Midwesterner, which folded due to lack of advertiser support.

Also worked as a science writer for Temple University, where I wrote press releases, media advisories, and experts lists. Created and coordinated media events. Made extensive use of Internet tools such as the Profnet experts query list . (Click on the graphic for a placed release.)

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