- Write-a-thon Editors & Panelists -
Shel Evergreen is a multimedia pro and science writer who has been called a “Swiss Army knife” for her versatile skillset in writing, editing, video production, graphic design, and more. Currently, she is a graduate student at MIT’s science writing program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prior to coming to MIT, Shel helped launch a community-led climate action plan for the City of Boulder as well as the city’s first-ever Racial Equity Plan. She also ran communications for the Colorado State University Energy Institute, and documented XPower, Inc.’s renewable energy microgrids alongside her media team in East Africa.
Her personal experience growing up in rural Oklahoma and her past social work and public service helps her shine a light on connections between scientific advances and societal challenges.
Katherine Kornei is a freelance science writer based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Science, Eos, and The New York Times. Katherine has reported stories from the United States and Asia, and she has received science journalism fellowships from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the European Geosciences Union. Katherine holds a B.S. in astrophysics from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sarah Scoles a Denver-based freelance science journalist, and a contributing writer at WIRED Science, with articles in places like Popular Science, the New York Times, Scientific American, Vice, Outside, and others. She is the author of the books Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers. Her forthcoming book is called Mass Defect: Life in the New Nuclear Age. Previously, she was an associate editor at Astronomy and a public education officer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia.
Paul Tullis has written feature articles on science and other topics for The New York Times and NY Times Magazine, Scientific American, Nature, National Geographic, NewYorker.com, Bloomberg and Bloomberg Businessweek, and others. He lives in Amsterdam. Reach him through paultullis.net or LinkedIn.
Shannon Weiman earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in microbiology, immunology and infectious disease. Prior to joining the Keystone Symposia team, she worked as a freelance writer for leaders in academic, industry and government research, including Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation Initiative, the University of Colorado’s Biofrontiers Program, UCSF, the FDA and the American Society for Microbiology. At Keystone Symposia she performs a variety of roles including interviewing conference organizes and speakers about cutting-edge discoveries, managing partnerships with scientific journals and editors, writing email marketing and social media campaigns for upcoming conferences, writing web content and marketing materials highlight diversity and scholarship initiatives, organizing various logistics for virtual meetings, managing and writing for the Keypoint Blog, annual report, newsletter and more.
Seré was introduced to science writing at the 2019 ComSciCon. That following summer, she became a AAAS Mass Media Fellow with Northern Colorado’s public radio station, KUNC. Since the fellowship, she has continued to freelance with KUNC and has started writing for Colorado State Universities' news outlet, The SOURCE. Seré was a mentee with The Open Notebook’s follow-up program 2020-21 and was mentored by Anna Kusmer, a science reporter focusing on climate solutions (The Big Fix) for NPR’s The World. While she works to earn a PhD in biochemistry studying extremophile metabolism, Seré hosts Science on Tap Fort Collins – a monthly event which brings science to the public over a beer. She aims to continue melding her passion for science with science communication through writing, radio, and education. She believes that seeing the world through a scientific lens makes life more interesting.