Board of Directors

Siri Carpenter

Siri Carpenter (President; and co-founder and editor-in-chief) is an award-winning science journalist and editor whose writing and editorial work has appeared in The New York TimesScienceDiscoverScientific AmericanbioGraphicScience NewsScience News for Students, and many other publications. She has a PhD in psychology from Yale University and began her science-writing career as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers (2018-2020). She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter @SiriCarpenter.

Jeanne Erdmann

Jeanne Erdmann (Vice president; and co-founder and editor-at-large) is an award-winning health and science journalist whose work has appeared in NatureScience NewsDiscoverReal SimpleFamily CircleWomen’s HealthSpectrumSlateThe Washington PostNature Medicine, among other publications. She is on the executive board of the Association of Health Care Journalists, and is a judge for U.S. Figure Skating. She lives just outside of St. Louis in Wentzville, Missouri. Follow her on Twitter @jeanne_erdmann.

Jane C. Hu

Jane C. Hu (Secretary) is a freelance journalist, a regular contributor to Slate, and a contributing editor at High Country News. Their work has appeared in publications like ScienceThe Washington Post, National Geographic, Outside, and Wired. They are also a former TON/BWF early-career fellow and AAAS Mass Media Fellow, as well as a former president of the Northwest Science Writers Association. They live in Seattle; on weekends, you’ll find them biking around town, climbing, or backpacking. Follow them on Twitter @jane_c_hu.

Alexandra Witze

Alexandra Witze (Treasurer) is a contributing correspondent for Nature. She writes news and features, primarily about the earth and space sciences, from her base in Boulder, Colorado. With her husband Jeff Kanipe, she is the author of Island on Fire, a book about the 18th-century eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki (Pegasus Books, 2015). Alex’s awards include top journalism prizes from the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, 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. Follow her on Twitter @alexwitze.

Shraddha Chakradhar

Shraddha Chakradhar is deputy news editor, diversity at Science magazine, where she helps oversee coverage of issues at the intersection of science and race, gender, and inequity. Previously, she was deputy editor of Nieman Lab, prior to which she worked at STAT as the writer of its award-winning newsletter Morning Rounds. Her experience includes editor and reporter at Nature Medicine, and researcher and fact-checker for PBS’ science documentary show NOVA. She is also a lecturer in Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in science writing. Her bylines have appeared in Scientific American, NOVA Next, and Nature. Shraddha also helped launch The Open Notebook‘s Diverse Voices in Science Journalism series in 2018. Follow her on Twitter @scchak.

Ann Finkbeiner

Ann Finkbeiner is a freelance science writer based in Baltimore. She writes most regularly for Scientific American, Nature, Science, and Hakai Magazine, usually about science advising and astronomy.  She wrote A Grand and Bold ThingThe 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 NothingFollow her on Twitter @annfinkbeiner.

María Paula Rubiano A.

María Paula Rubiano A. is a freelance science and environmental journalist, and assistant editor at Environmental Health News. Her work has appeared in Grist, Science, Audubon, BBC Future, and Atlas Obscura, among others. She began her career as a science journalist six years ago, when she joined the science desk of El Espectador, one of the most respected newspapers in her native Colombia. In 2020, partially funded by New York University’s World Journalist fellowship, she graduated from the master’s program in Science, Environmental and Health Reporting. She is also a former TON/BWF early career fellow and a former fellow at Grist. Follow her on Twitter @Pau_Erre.

Ashley Smart

Ashley Smart is the associate director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and a senior editor at Undark magazine. He previously spent eight years as an editor and reporter at Physics Today magazine and co-founded the science news blog HBSciU. He was a 2015-16 Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and he holds a PhD in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University. Ashley also helped launch The Open Notebook‘s Diverse Voices series in 2018. He is a board member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Follow him on Twitter @ashleythesmart.


Sisi Wei is editor-in-chief at The Markup. Previously, she was co-executive director of OpenNews, where she founded the DEI Coalition, which is dedicated to sharing knowledge and taking concrete action in service of a more anti-racist, equitable, and just journalism industry. She was previously assistant managing editor at ProPublica, where she oversaw three editorial teams focused on news apps, interactive storytelling, and visual investigations. She also managed large, interdisciplinary investigations, one of which won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. In 2021, Sisi won the Gwen Ifill Award for her work supporting and elevating women of color in news media. Follow her on Twitter @sisiwei.

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