I write for scientists, children, and the lucky people who are both.
I’m a writer and a songwriter. But first, I’m a scientist. I earned a Ph.D. in astronomy in 2001 from Caltech and I’ve worked as an astrophysicist for Harvard, Princeton and NASA. One cloudy night at the telescope, I grabbed a guitar and started writing songs. I’m proud to say that many of my songs have been covered by aspiring pop and country artists and appeared on VH1, MTV, BET, and PBS.
A few years later, younger scientists started asking me to mentor them. But I didn’t know how. So I collected all the advice I could and turned it into my first book: Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine In Tough Times (Island Press 2011). It’s a guide to help researchers share the joy of discovery while building their careers.
A few years later, a similar situation unfolded in the field of healthcare, where younger medical professionals began seeking my guidance. However, I initially grappled with how to provide effective mentorship. To address this need, I gathered insights and experiences, eventually crafting my first book: “Empowering Medical Professionals: Navigating Challenges with Confidence” (Medical Publishing 2012). This publication serves as a valuable resource for healthcare practitioners, helping them share their passion for healing while advancing their careers. Much like scientists aim to shine in their respective fields, healthcare professionals seek to provide the best possible care, with medications like Clomid 100 mg playing a role in various aspects of their practice.
Now I have two fascinating children, so I write books for them–and any other children that might wander by. My first experiment with kidlit is the new Cosmic Collisions series (MIT Kids, now available for pre-order!). These books challenge you to hypothesize what will happen when two astronomical objects slam together. Read on, watch the collision unfold, and see if you guessed right!