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



Freelance science writer

May 2009--present


Informed by Nature, non-profit

Associate Director, Communications

January 2008—present

Daily science columnist

February 2011—2012


Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits

Monthly newsletter columnist

January 2010—March 2011


The Skeleton News

Monthly science columnist



The Green Box: Science Quarterly  

Independent science comic/zine editor, writer  



University of Tennessee

Undergraduate Research Assistant  

Sept 2002--Jan 2005  

Wilhelm Microbial Ecology Laboratory


University of Montana

Undergraduate Research Assistant  

January 2002-May 2002  

Lodmell Biochemistry Laboratory


Small Town Crisis Radio show, WUTK 90.3FM, 2004


Red Shift Hour Radio show, KFAR 90.9FM, 2004



Master of Arts in Science Journalism

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Graduated May 2009


Bachelors of Science in Microbiology

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graduated May 2005



"How to Stop a Hurricane" article at Scientific, included in Best Science Writing Online 2012 book series


"When Sculpting with Data, Does Vagueness Make Art?" review at New


"Students Build a Racecar" feature article at USC Viterbi website


"A Look at Science in Ridley Scott's Prometheus" radio commentator appearance on the Madeline Brand Show, KPCC 89.3


"Morphonano" review at New


"Q&A with Alan Alda on Marie Curie" article at


"A Life Full of Passion that Led to Two Nobel Prizes" review at New


"How to Get Rid of All That Space Junk" article at Huffington Post


"Fiddling With Fibreglass" article in New Scientist magazine and at New


"Book Review: Written in Stone" article at the, guest blog


"Embarrassment is Attractive?" Sandra Tsing Loh Radio Program, Caltech, aired August 2009


Ashley D. Frazier, Janet M. Rowe, Casey A. Rentz. 2006. Bacterial Lysis of Aureococcus Anophagefferens CCMP 1784(Pelageophycae) Journal of Phycology


Jean-Marc Lanchy, Casey A. Rentz, John D. Ivanovitch, and J. Stephen Lodmell. 2003.Elements Located Upstream and Downstream of the Major Splice Donor Site Influence the Ability of HIV-2 Leader RNA To Dimerize in Vitro. Biochemistry 42:2634 - 2642. 



LA County Museum of Art

Artist, ‘from here to here’ performance

November 2008


Machine Project

Maker space/art gallery intern

July 2007--January 2008





K.C. Cole  

University of Southern California, professor

ASC 121C


Mark Allen  

Machine Project, gallery owner

1200 D. N. Alvarado St.

Los Angeles, CA