I hold a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cedar Crest College, in Allentown, PA. My keystone research project was "Sequencing Drosophila spp. and Analyzing Codon Bias" which involved sequencing the DNA of the Drosophila spp. fruit fly and statistically analyzing the results in order to determine whether the fruit flies were more likely to choose specific codon sequences over others that coded for the same amino acid. My studies included general and organic chemistry, adv. microbiology, forensic microbiology, neuroscience and a series in applications of computer science and statistics. I also had a liberal Arts focus in scientific communication.
I was one of twelve students chosen for a paid intern position with Science Majors Actively Recruited for Teaching (SMART), which involved teaching both children and adults.
While at Cedar Crest, I was a member of our nationally recognized forensic speaking team. I won numerous awards in prepared informative speech and extemporaneous speaking and competed at the NFS National tournament. I also became a member of Pi Kappa Delta (National Honorary Forensic Speech Fraternity) where I held the office of Treasurer.
Since graduation, I have primarily worked as a freelance writer, in academic, fiction publishing, and commercial settings. I have excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills. My key strength has always been in taking highly complex or technical language and creating a more accessible document.
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