Science and environmental writer

I've been a science writer for 30 years, first at a newspaper and now freelance. My work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

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National Center for Biotechnology Information/National Institute of Health

TRI: Corroding Its Original Intent? - Environmental Health Perspectives

If knowledge is power, as the proverb goes, then the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a powerful tool indeed. Firefighters and first responders used this nearly 20-year-old public database of toxic chemical emissions to identify potential contamination hot spots after the floods of Hurricane Katrina. July 2006

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Diving Hazards Unmasked: Estimating Infection Risk from Pathogen Exposure

Most recreational water quality standards are aimed at protecting beachgoers against accidental ingestion of or skin contact with water contaminated by fecal material. But the increased popularity of water sports such as kayaking, surfing, and diving, which often occur far from regulated bathing beaches, raises the question of the water-related health risks these sports entail.