SiriCarpenterSiri Carpenter (Co-founder and editor-in-chief) is an award-winning freelance science journalist and former features editor at Discover magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Science, Science Careers, Scientific American Mind, Science NewsPrevention, and many other publications. She is also the first author of Visualizing Psychology (2007, John Wiley & Sons), a psychology textbook for undergraduates. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


Jeanne Erdmann2Jeanne Erdmann (Co-founder and editor-at-large) is an award-winning health and science writer based in Wentzville, Missouri. Her work has appeared in Discover, Women’s Health, Aeon, Slate, The Washington PostNature Medicine, and Nature, among other publications.


AaronBrooksAaron Brooks (Associate editor) is a freelance editor and writer. His two degrees in English have rendered him capable of expressing, in strikingly felicitous prose, why he should’ve studied biology instead. He loves to run and swim and ski, he loves to partake of exotic fare in far-flung locales, he loves his family, but most of all he loves science writing. Aaron lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where he can often be found chopping wood and carrying water.


Board of Directors

SiriCarpenterSiri Carpenter (President)




Jeanne Erdmann2

Jeanne Erdmann (Vice President and Secretary)




Julie RehmeyerJulie Rehmeyer (Treasurer)  is a freelance math and science writer and a contributing editor for Discover magazine. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, Science News, and many other magazines and newspapers. She wrote the “Math Trek” column for Science News and the “Equation” column for “Wired.” Lately, she has been writing about the science and politics of chronic fatigue syndrome and other confusing illnesses, and she is now writing a book about that.

Alexandra Witze

Alexandra Witze is a contributing correspondent for Nature and Science News magazines. She writes news and features, primarily about the earth sciences, from her base in Boulder, Colorado. With her husband Jeff Kanipe, she is the author of Island on Fire, a book about the extraordinary 18th-century eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki (Pegasus Books, 2015). Alex is a nationally known science writer whose awards include top journalism prizes from the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, the American Meteorological Society, and the National Association of Science Writers. Among other places her reporting has taken her to the North Pole, to an earthquake zone in China, and to Maya ruins in the Guatemalan jungle.

finkbeinerAnn Finkbeiner is a freelance science writer based in Baltimore. She writes most regularly for Science and Nature, usually about science advising and astronomy.  She wrote A Grand and Bold Thing, The Jasons, and After the Death of a Child; and co-authored The Guide to Living with HIV Infection. She is proud co-proprietor of a group blog, The Last Word on Nothing.