SfN: Brain Bee Inspires Next Generation’s Neuroscientists

While on temporary assignment with the Society for Neuroscience, I edited an article about the International Brain Bee competition to ensure consistency and correct style usage throughout. I also checked for factual errors and asked the writer to clarify important facts in the story. I also selected the photograph and wrote its caption. This article also appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Neuroscience Quarterly.

SfN: Senator Tours Lab Following Hill Day

While on temporary assignment with the Society for Neuroscience, I helped edit an article about a New Jersey senator who decided to tour the lab of SfN member Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom after Bloom invited him during SfN’s annual Capitol Hill Day. This advocacy event brings together neuroscientists and legislators to discuss brain research.

I worked with an SfN staff member to make the article flow better, as well as making style and consistency changes.

SfN: Rare Disorder Spotlights Need for Neuroscience Research

While on a temporary placement with the Society for Neuroscience, I attended Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and took photos with a Canon 5D Mark III dSLR camera. I selected the photos and wrote captions for them. I also edited the article written by a staff member and caught errors in spelling and style.

Bringing Falls Church Leaders to the Ballet: BalletNOVA Celebrates its 10th Annual Performance of The Nutcracker

I wrote this article about a local ballet studio’s 10th annual performance of The Nutcracker. BalletNOVA’s twist on the classic ballet takes place in Washington, DC, in the 1940s and features a holiday party to help the audience become familiar with the cast of characters. To celebrate the occasion, local leaders Susan Kearney, chairwoman of the Falls Church school board, Andrea Roane, morning anchor at WUSA 9, Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and Janet Kopenhaver, co-chair of the Arlington Commission on the Arts were slated to attend the event.

Building a Home for a Family in Need: Habitat NoVa

I wrote this article about a family from Sudan who were selected to receive a Habitat for Humanity home in Falls Church. Volunteer staff from Habitat and the Virginia Housing and Development Authority helped Muhsin Khalil and Amani Salih lay the groundwork for their home by insulating the foundation walls, preparing the crawl space, setting the first floor joists, and laying the subfloor and framing of the first floor.

Student-Run Theater Company Explores ‘Becoming Human’ Theme in Sophomore Season

I wrote an article about The Flying Muskrat Theater Company’s sophomore season debut. The performance featured three short plays that explored the theme “Becoming Human.” It was my first time writing a piece about theater, which presented challenges such as how to take notes in a dark auditorium.