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Monday, 28 January 2008

New members

Your Chairman, Ted Nield, would like introduce you to some new (and some returning) ABSW members.


Thomas Rupert Adams is a freelance TV producer and director, and has worked in television for 15 years on science and technology-based shows.

Amanda Jane Albon is a freelance science writer in print with a PhD in psychology. As well as a textbook published with the McGraw-Hill (OUP) she writes and edits A-level course materials and for The Psychologist on subjects "from abnormality to zimbardo".

Tim Beanland has gone freelance after doing time s a scientific/medical writer at the Wellcome Trust. He trained as a medical writer and editor with Butterworths and Blackwells. He has a particular interest in health and medical issues and the developing world and holds in PhD in biochemistry.

Matthew Chalmers has re-joined the ABSW. He works as a freelance physics journalist and trainer specialising in high-energy physics.

Sharmila Chauhan has a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology and works freelance in print, TV and radio, concentrating on health and science.

Mark Frary is a print and Web freelance, covering technology, science and travel. He writes for The Times, Times Online among others. He tells us he has co-authored three books – The Origin of the Universe for Dummies, You Call this the Future, and Codebreaker. After UCL he worked at CERN and the Mullard Space Science Lab.

Colin Matthew Leverett works at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory where since 2006 he has edited their in-house science journal. Originally a physicist he "soon gave up doing science for writing about it" and is now studying part-time for the Imperial MSc in Science Communication.

Alun David Lewis, now returning to ABSW membership, is a lecturer and broadcaster who now lectures in Science Communication to undergraduates and postgraduates in the UK (Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is in charge of an undergraduate 3-year course in Science Communication) and overseas.

William Gosling or Professor Gosling, to give him his full moniker, has written 15 books and has written freelance for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

Alex Mansfield works at the BBC Science Radio Unit.

Richard Sadler formerly environment correspondent for The Yorkshire Post and northern environment correspondent for the BBC, now works freelance and is a regular contributor to The Daily Express, The Scotsman, The Yorkshire Post and the Eastern Daily Press.

Maryke Steffens is a freelance journalist now working at Médecins Sans Frontières part time as medical writer and editor.

Adrian Keith Sudbury works for Trinity Mirror and is Senior Reporter with the Huddersfield Examiner. He has a BSc in physiology.

John Travis is European Science Editor of Science, Cambridge. He has worked as a science writer for over 10 years for Science and Science News and for over four years as a Science editor. He has recently relocated to Cambridge from Washington DC and hopes to learn enough about cricket to play Nature in their mighty annual tournament.


Kristine Kelly works for Edelman PR Agency and formerly worked as a science writer and press officer for Rockefeller University. She has a doctorate and lives in New York.

Natasha Martineau joined as Science Communication Manager for the Environment Agency, but has now moved to the press office at Imperial College London. ABSW members may also remember Natasha at the Royal Society, in COPUS days.


Eleanor Barrie is studying the Sci-Comm masters at Imperial College where she has also written for Spiked Online and The Daily Telegraph. She read Biology at Oxford where she volunteered to tell the public about the exhibits. She is writing a dissertation on the ethical assumptions underlying media coverage of climate change.

Hannah Devlin graduated with an MSci in Physics from Imperial College in 2003 and is now at Oxford University working on neuroimaging. She freelances for The Times and the THES, which of course we must now call the "THE".

Jessica Griggs works for the BA and National Museum of Scotland and has worked as a researcher on Material World (BBC Radio 4). She is in her final year studying Physics at Edinburgh University, and despite experience as a BA Press Assistant, describes herself as "all the more determined to carve out a career in journalism".

Carolyn Kelday is studying Biology with Science Communication at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Robert Stuart Pritchard studied biochemistry at Kent University where he wrote for their magazine Student Science News.