2015 Workshop Instructors
Christie Aschwanden is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight. She’s also a health columnist for the Washington Post and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Her work appears in dozens of other publicans including Runner’s World, Slate, Smithsonian, Mother Jones, New Scientist, Consumer Reports, Grist, More, Discover, Men’s Journal, Popular Science and O, the Oprah Magazine. She is a 2015 journalism fellow at the Santa Fe Institute was a 2013/2014 Carter Fellow. She has also received support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. In 2013, the National Association of Science Writers Science awarded her the 2013 Science in Society Award for Commentary or Opinion, and she was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011.
She blogs about science at Last Word On Nothing. On Twitter, she’s @CragCrest.
Why I Blog Last Word On Nothing.
Story Board post about 2014 Courage Camp
Harassment in Science, Replicated New York Times
Our Pleasure in Others’ Misfortune New York Times
The Case Against Early Cancer Detection FiveThirtyEight
Your Brain Is Primed to Reach False Conclusions FiveThirtyEight
Naming the Dog: the Art of Narrative Structure The Open Notebook.
Laura Helmuth is the science and health editor for Slate magazine. Previously, she was the senior science editor for Smithsonian magazine and a writer and editor for Science magazine’s news department. She has written for California Wild, National Wildlife, Science News and written and edited for other travel, science, and health publications. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley. She is vice president of the National Association of Science Writers. She tweets at @laurahelmuth.
Two Lives: the Science of Longevity Slate.
How Not to Pitch The Open Notebook.
Jonathan Franzen Is the World’s Most Annoying Bird-Watcher Slate.
Don’t Be a Creep: How to Mentor and Be Mentored Slate.
Dude, Bank Your Sperm. It’ll Get You Laid Slate.
James Watson Throws a Fit Slate
Hillary Rosner is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes about environmental issues for National Geographic, Wired, Scientific American, The New York Times, and many other publications. She was a 2010 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and a 2012 fellow of the Alicia Patterson Foundation. Hillary has also been both an editor and a journalism professor. She has an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MS in environmental studies from the University of Colorado. She lives in Boulder. Find her on Twitter @
Are Harvard’s Dying Hemlocks a Warning for Trees Everywhere? National Geographic.
The Bug That’s Eating the Woods National Geographic.
How We Can Tame Overlooked Plants to Feed the World Wired.
Attack of the Mutant Pupfish Wired.
Palm Oil is Everywhere. Here’s What to Do About It Ensia.
Laura Shin is a freelance writer and personal finance, business and tech journalist, and a contributor to Forbes’s personal finance channel. She also regularly contributes to publications including Fortune, Fast Company, More, The Week, and ZDNet and has written stories for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times, among others. She is the author of the Forbes ebook, “The Millennial Game Plan: Career and Money Secrets To Succeed In Today’s World.” She often speaks at conferences and webinars on the subjects of financially successful freelancing and earning more money and negotiating. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and has a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Find her on the web at laurashin.com or on Twitter @laurashin.
Freelancers, Here’s How To Set Your Rates Forbes.
The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000 Forbes.
Inside the Booming Korean Skincare Market Fast Company.
20 Essential Life Lessons For Happiness And Success Forbes.
The Strange Life of a Teenage Pageant Host Narratively.
Rituals; There Will Never Be A Last Tango The New York Times