My Work

Below, you’ll find a selection of published articles I have written.  In many cases, the articles were published online, and the link will take you to directly to the original.  Articles that were originally published in a publication’s print edition include links either to a PDF or to an online copy right here in my portfolio.

Narwhals, Narwhals, Swimming in the….Smithsonian?
It’s almost spooky inside the Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland—shadowy and silent, except for the ever-present humming of the ventilation system maintaining a precise temperature and humidity. Lights are kept low or off…
Smithsonian Voices blog, July 31, 2017

Tree Fall
Winner of the 2016 Montgomery Writes! Contest for creative nonfiction
The tree was a pin oak, it turned out. I had figured from the beginning that it was an oak—it had acorns, after all, which it dropped all over the lawn. That, plus bag upon bag of leaves in the fall, and copious amounts of stringy, pollen-heavy catkins in the spring…[more] 

This Sister Rocks
Before there was Bill Haley, rocking around the clock, before there was Elvis Presley, shaking his hips and tearing it up on the guitar, before there were the Beatles and their lyrics and their haircuts—before there was rock and roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe…[more]
GWToday, feature,  Feb. 20, 2013

Engineering Interest
It’s safe to say that GW Assistant Professor Pinhas Ben-Tzvi, director of GW’s Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory, is pretty comfortable in his roles as a researcher and teacher. After all, he’s been doing both for years. But a superhero? That was a new role for Dr. Ben-Tzvi…[more]
GWToday, feature, April 30, 2012

New Robot, Old Tricks
GW senior Sam Zapolsky is walking a robot. On a leash. Or at least that’s what he’s attempting to do. The robot isn’t being entirely cooperative. The problem, Mr. Zapolsky explained, is that the robot—a 400-pound, anthropomorphic fellow who rolls around fluidly—senses the leash as an obstacle… [more]
GW Today, feature, Jan. 9, 2012

Memories in Steel
Jan Ramirez remembers the bike rack at Ground Zero. It was an ordinary metal rack, and seven bicycles had been chained to it the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. But now the bikes were covered in ash, twisted and partially melted, some of the tires distorted. “Whose bikes were they?” Ramirez remembers thinking. “At the height of the morning commute, someone had just parked each of these bikes.” [more]
Museum Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2011

Ten Years Later
It was the lack of verifiable information that was most unsettling, Joe Bondi recalled. By midmorning on Sept. 11, 2001, rumors and facts were mixing and racing through campus, fueled by fear: A plane had hit the Pentagon. Another was headed for the White House—or the State Department. There had been a car bombing at the State Department. Metro was the next target. …[more]
GW Today, lead feature, Sept. 8, 2011

Weightless and Wonderful
GW graduate Hannah Stuart, B.S. ’11, had many memorable experiences as a student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But nothing can beat her time as a human ball.  “I curled up into a little ball and two of the crewmembers tossed me back and forth,” Ms. Stuart said, smiling broadly. She wasn’t worried about being dropped. She was weightless, and so was everyone else on the “Weightless Wonder” aircraft as it flew in parabolic patterns above the Gulf of Mexico…[more]
GW Today feature, June 16, 2011

Dropping Off: The Blessings and Curses of Doorstep Donations
At the Idaho State Historical Museum in Boise, a man walked up to the information desk one afternoon clutching a cardboard box and looking agitated. He wanted to speak to a curator, but refused to give his name. When a museum staff member came to meet the man, he still refused to identify himself, saying only that he thought the museum should have what was in the box…[more]
Museum Magazine, cover story, May/June 2011

“A Creative Adventure”: Undergraduate Research at the College of Wooster
When College of Wooster Assistant Professor Meagen Pollock stands in front of one of her geology courses, she’s thinking beyond what her students need to accomplish during that class period, or even during that semester. Pollock is constantly thinking about how she can ensure that her students—all her students—develop good research skills…[more]
AAC&U News feature, October 2010

Get Smart(phones)
In many museums, visitors are asked to silence and stow their cell phones when entering the galleries. But that’s not the case at the Brooklyn Museum, one of the nation’s largest art museums. In fact, visitors are encouraged to use their Web-enabled cell phones to explore the galleries with the help of BklynMuse, a new application designed especially for smartphones that lets visitors get on-the-stop recommendations and see what exhibits others are enjoying...[more]
Museum Magazine, May/June 2010

What’s Next for Her? Nothing Big, and She’s Thrilled
The past two years of my life have been, by any accounting, pretty eventful. Since May 2007, I lost a job, got engaged, got a new job, moved in with my now-husband, planned a wedding, got married, turned 30, became a first-time homeowner, moved into the old-but-new-to-us house we bought, and completed some significant home repair work. These events are all unequivocally good things-even the job loss, because, though stressful, it took me from a low-paying job I felt iffy about to a slightly higher-paying job I very much enjoy. So though these past few years…[more] 
Slate’s XX Factor Blog, September 2009

Global Learning through Short-Term Study Abroad
Short-term study abroad experiences—those in which students are engaged for fewer than eight weeks—are the most common type of undergraduate study abroad in the United States… But because longer-term programs had been the norm for so many years, short-term study abroad has suffered an often unjustified reputation problem. [more]
Peer Review, Fall 2009

Redefining Faculty Roles at Carleton College
During the 1998-99 academic year, Victoria Morse and her husband, Bill North, experienced the “two-body problem” firsthand. The term, which originally was coined to explain a phenomenon in physics, has come into popular use to describe the problem academic couples face in finding two fulfilling academic positions in the same geographic location…[more]
AAC&U News feature, October 2009

Creating the ‘On-Ramp for the Baccalaureate Degree’ at Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College mathematics instructor Joseph Joyner knows that many of his students aren’t exactly thrilled to be in one of his classes. “A lot of my students come to math without a feeling of security, and they don’t want to be here. They’ve had bad math experiences,” he explains. So Joyner, who teaches applied calculus, algebra, and statistics, starts by showing his students how mathematics fits into the bigger picture…[more]
AAC&U News feature, April 2009

Into the Streets
Rhodes College’s campus in midtown Memphis, Tennessee, has a fence around it—a literal dividing line between the college and the city. But that doesn’t mean the 1,700 students at Rhodes live on an island, cut off from the community outside. In fact, just the opposite is true…[more]
AAC&U News feature, January/February 2008

Enhancing Intentionality in the Requirement-free Curriculum
Brown University has marched to the beat of its own drummer for decades, encouraging students to forge their own curricular paths and, in 1969, removing general education course requirements. While many colleges and universities have since expanded and solidified requirements for general education courses or a core curriculum, Brown’s “new” curriculum has remained essentially unchanged for forty years. But since early 2007, a special task force at Brown has been revisiting its iconic curriculum, asking tough questions about the goals of a liberal education…[more]
Peer Review, Winter 2008

It’s A Math World
At many colleges and universities, math departments operate as “filters,” sifting out all but the strongest students until only a small number remain as math majors. At St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, the opposite is true. There, the math department aims to work as a “pump,” infusing new students and new interest into the field of mathematics. [more]
AAC&U News feature, November 2007

The Long Run
These educators measure their careers in decades.
Teacher Magazine, cover feature, May/June 2007

Taking Anxiety Out of the Equation
Teachers can help students overcome math anxiety by understanding what causes it in the first place.
Teacher Magazine,  May/June 2007

Lights! Camera! Learning!
‘Iron Science Teacher’ at San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum is just like regular professional development—only with a stopwatch, cameras, and an audience.
Teacher Magazine, January 2007

Write Away
Complete a 50,000-word novel in only thirty days? These teachers were up for the challenge.
Teacher Magazine, January 2007