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Event: AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Panel

Posted by on Friday, October 16, 2020 in Announcements, Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .

Join alumni of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship for a panel on their experiences being a fellow as well as applying to the program. (More details on the Fellowship and how to apply are here.)

Thursday, November 5
Zoom registration required



Lorena Infante Lara, PhD
Lorena Infante Lara, PhD, was a graduate student in Vanderbilt’s IGP, and did her dissertation work in the lab of Neil Osheroff in the Department of Biochemistry. Lorena participated in the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship during her fourth year and was assigned to work at Univision in Miami during the summer of 2017. While at Univision, Lorena wrote articles about health and science, and learned that science writing for a living was the path for her. After graduating in early 2019, Lorena accepted a position as the Communications and Social Media Manager for the Office of the Dean of Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt, where she currently works.

Natalya Ortolano
“I am a 6th year PhD student in Vivian Gama’s lab in the Cell and Developmental Biology Department. During graduate school, I enjoyed prepping fellowship applications, writing commentaries and reviews, and presenting my research – however, I really didn’t like doing bench work. Eventually I discovered science journalism. I found opportunities to write at Vanderbilt, the American Society for Cell Biology blog, the NIH BEST blog, and Scientific American to get a feel for journalistic writing. I loved it, and thanks to the BRET office and Lorena Lara Infante (another panelist here) I discovered the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship. I was fortunate to be selected as a fellow at STAT News this summer where I wrote nine stories about a myriad of topics. Now, I am looking for opportunities in science journalism when I graduate at the beginning of next year.”

Simon Morrow, PhD

Dr. Simon Morrow is a freelance science writer. They studied nuclear physics at Vanderbilt and graduated in 2019. They were a AAAS mass media fellow at Discover in 2017.

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