BIG NEWS: I wrote a book! Sky Gazing: a Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations will be published by Storey Publishing in October, 2020. You can pre-order it from IndieBound, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.
* Want a signed copy? My home bookstore is Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, MA. Call them at 413-586-4235 to order a signed copy. Personalization will add a week to the shipping time.

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The astronomer in her natural habitat. (Look closely–there’s a telescope behind me.)

I’m a Senior Laboratory Instructor for the Astronomy Department at Smith College in western Massachusetts. During the summer, I’m the academic director of Smith’s Summer Science & Engineering Program for high school girls. I’m interested in science education and outreach, and an advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in science.

I started out writing for magazines like MUSE and ASK and HIGHLIGHTS. Despite (or maybe because of?) my astronomy training, I am a science omnivore. I love all things science, and I love explaining it in terms that kids can understand. In addition to astronomy, I’ve written about wastewater treatment (my personal obsession), the teen brain, coral reef critters, and chemotherapy, with some current events and science humor thrown in for variety. Check out my list of publications and my posts about them.

If you’re interested in writing about science for kids, check out the links and advice in the Resources section. In the coming months, I’ll also have links for kids, parents, and teachers who are interested in science. (Okay, mostly astronomy.)

EB White: Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.