Graduate Students: Science Writing

 

Anna Blaustein
Graduate Student, Science Writing, '21

adblau@mit.edu
Anna Blaustein Anna Blaustein discovered her passion for science writing while harvesting mussels before dawn for a writing assignment at Bowdoin College. Equipped with a notebook, a pen, and foul weather gear, she realized science writing combined her interests in storytelling, science, and adventure.

Her coursework has taken her from the Bay of Fundy to Baja, California. She’s analyzed water samples from Icelandic fjords and studied plant physiology in the American Southwest. At the Arnold Arboretum, she studied how climate change affects grain quality—research which became her honors thesis. Most recently, she’s been communicating public health information as a Massachusetts Contact Tracer.

Anna seeks stories about the intersections of science and society, and her work reveals how research and data relate to the human experience. She hopes to use storytelling to bridge the divide between science and public understanding and to help people connect with each other and the world we share.
Robert Davis
Graduate Student, Science Writing, '21

rdvs@mit.edu
Robert Davis Robert Davis is a writer and communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in the fields of corporate communications and content marketing. Prior to joining the Graduate Program in Science Writing, Robert served as content director at The Bulleit Group—a San Francisco-based PR firm servicing clients across a range of technology verticals including AI, cybersecurity, and alternative energy. Before that, he spent several years working as a corporate communications specialist for advertising agencies and digital publishers.

Robert is an accomplished writer, editor, marketer, and strategist with a fierce passion for technology. His work on behalf of tech industry clients has been published in outlets like Venture Beat, Morning Consult, Forbes, Inside Big Data, Robotics Business Review, Renewable Energy World, and Electronic Health Reporter. Robert’s primary writing interests include artificial intelligence, data science, data ownership, and global supply chains.
Ali Gold
Graduate Student, Science Writing, '21

aligold@mit.edu
Ali Gold Ali Gold believes that the best way to learn about anything is to write about it. By the third grade, Ali knew she wanted to be a writer. Ali was raised in St. Louis, Missouri by a doctor and a nurse who taught her that accurate health information can be the most empowering and essential information a person can have. During high school, Ali realized she could combine her interests in writing and science, and so her unwavering interest in science writing began.

Ali recently graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. At Wash U, Ali studied Psychological and Brain Sciences, Writing, and Communication Design, and served as a senior editor of the university newspaper for three years. During her time in college, Ali also freelanced and interned for several news publications, as well as for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and NYU Langone Health. Her favorite stories to write have been those that explore the intersection of policy and individual experience­, including public hospital reform in Denmark, medical marijuana legislation in Missouri and Illinois, and Title IX procedures at her own university.
Elizabeth Gribkoff
Graduate Student, Science Writing, '21

gribkoff@mit.edu
Elizabeth Gribkoff Elizabeth Gribkoff is an environmental journalist with experience in political, investigative, and science reporting. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Vermont. After college, Elizabeth did stints building trails in Northern California, researching bees on Vermont blueberry farms, and helping clients close deals at a corporate law firm.

Wanting to combine her passions for writing and environmental issues, Elizabeth landed an internship at online investigative news site VTDigger.org. She shortly moved into the full-time role of energy and environment reporter, where she covered topics ranging from cyanobacteria blooms to solar development over the past two years. When not writing, she can be found camping, swimming, cooking, backpacking and practicing her Spanish.
Kelso Harper
Graduate Student, Science Writing, '21

kharper1@mit.edu
Kelso Harper Kelso Harper’s love for science sprouted alongside the wild oaks of her home in San Luis Obispo, California, and then blossomed in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received her degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University. Kelso gleefully gobbled up her chemistry courses and began research, but found herself drawn to other disciplines, too. Slowly she realized that only science journalism could satisfy her many curiosities.

Since graduating in 2018, she has written and produced videos about glacial floods, magnetic droplets, x-ray telescopes, and e-cigarettes for outlets like Scientific American, Retro Report, and the National Geographic Resource Library. Despite her soft spot for natural and physical sciences, Kelso’s interests extend further. As an eating disorder survivor, Kelso aims to combat fat phobia and diet culture by spreading good information on mental health, nutrition, and the complicated relationship between weight and health.

Kelso is a 2020-21 CASW Taylor/Blakeslee Fellow. One day, Kelso hopes to have a staff position as a multimedia science journalist and simply too many houseplants.
Alice McBride
Graduate Student, Science Writing, '21

alicemcb@mit.edu
Alice McBride Alice McBride began her biology career in a leaky rowboat owned by Cornell University. She has since collected ecological data from all sorts of conveyances, including farm tractors and a two-masted tall ship. In exploring different ecosystems,​ Alice has counted earthworms in meadows, pursued birds through canals and up trees, and introduced summer campers to the joys of bogs. In the Atlantic surf, she was once mistakenly identified by beachgoers as a seal. Along the way, Alice became an academic editor and developed a keen appreciation for clearly communicated research. Alice’s goal as a science writer is to shrink the artificial gulf that looms between humans and the natural world.
Saimas Sidik
Graduate Student, Science Writing, '21

saimas@mit.edu
Saimas Sidik Saima Sidik’s path through science began during her bachelor’s degree at McGill University, where she spent hours sorting fruit flies with a paintbrush to breed mutations in genes encoding ion channels. After graduating, Saima used her knowledge of genetics to help ocean ecologists map marine food webs. Saima has always been fascinated by the little things in life, so she turned to studying microbes, first as a master’s student at Dalhousie University where she worked with the dysentery-inducing bacterium Shigella, then as a research associate at the Whitehead Institute where she studied the beautiful cell biology of a parasite called Toxoplasma. Blogging about microbiology, medical research, and natural history as well as writing for the MIT Biology website convinced Saima that she wanted to tell science stories full-time, and this led her to join the GPSW. She wants to explore all types of science writing, but she’s especially interested in ecology and earth science.