science writer

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CASEY RENTZ

caseyrentz at gmail.com

+EDUCATION

M.A.    Science Journalism, University of Southern California. New media, narrative longform, social media training, history of science background with science writer KC Cole and former longtime LA Times editor-in-chief Michael Parks, among others.  

B.A.     Microbiology, University of Tennessee. Worked in Microbiology labs of Stephen Wilhelm (2 yrs.) and Steven Lodmell (1 yr.), published two scientific papers, interned at physician diagnostic microchip startup company

+WORK EXPERIENCE

Freelance science writer. Clips at New Scientist, Smithsonian.com, Scientific American, Huffington Post, Guardian.com, etc. (2009-present) 

Associate Communications Manager, Informed by Nature non-profit. Duties include event promotion, volunteer management, writing/editing all web copy and promo materials. (January 2008-2013) 

Daily science columnist, WonderHowTo.com. Duties include writing daily articles about current scientific research, image sourcing, and SEO (February 2011-2012) 

Monthly newsletter columnist, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Include access to entire staff and collection and editorial freedom therein. (January 2010-March 2011) 

Group art show, LACMA "From Here to Here." Art performance project executed at the LA County Museum of Art following several public performance works in the same series (November 2008)  

Monthly science columnist, The Skeleton News. A local arts rag in Chicago, IL. (2005-2006) 

Radio show host and DJ, WUTK "Small Town Crisis" and KFAR "Red Shift Hour" (2004) 

+SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

+AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

Make a Wish Foundation, wish granter. Wish production from start to finish. 

Journalism and Women's Symposium (JAWS) active member 

NASW active member 

DAR active member and chapter essay contest coordinator 

Machine Project Art Gallery longtime member and contributor 

+INTERESTS & GOALS

Science writing: to uncover stories behind scientific discoveries and showcase gems of knowledge in a way that reveals something unique about the process of human progress. 

Science literacy: to support public science literacy in any way I can: from writing public health pieces to talking to neighbors about vaccination 

Feminism: to make the world an easier place for women and girls to thrive and succeed by supporting feminist attitudes and goals 

Art:  to animate public space by reigniting a sense of playfulness and everyday experimentalism within each of us, to ultimately show a brighter side to the mundane 

+REFERENCES

Adam Smith, USC Viterbi magazine (adamgsmi@usc.edu) 

KC Cole, science writer (kccole314@gmail.com) 

Mark Allen, Machine Project Art Gallery (m@machineproject.org)