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Sunday, 3 August 2008

New Members August 2008

Ted Nield (Chair, ABSW) writes: ABSW welcomes the following new members.


Dr Yasmin Babaie holds a doctorate in biological sciences and is a medical writer.

Kathryn Brooks writes about complementary medicine and is also Director of the Archway Clinic of Herbal Medicine.

Adam Duckett works for IChemE and has been writing for their magazine The Chemical Engineer for almost three years.

Simon Frantz works for Novel Web and is senior editor at www.nobelprize.org. He is responsible for creating new educational content around the history of the Nobel Prizes, as well as creating new interactive content around the annual prize announcements.

Dr Bryan Hatton is a freelance writer based in Cardiff. Specialising in Earth sciences and biology (the subject of his PhD), Dr Hatton is currently a presenter for Techniquest, Cardiff.

Dr Celia Hooper
is an American science writer of over 20 years’ experience, who has worked for all but two of those years in the US. Her work has centred on biomedical sciences and policy, and she has lately specialised in research relevant to people with arthritis.

Dr Anastasios Koutsos works as assistant editor for a scientific publishing company and is based in London.

Keith Mansfield uses science in fiction to bring scientific ideas to children and early teens. His Johnny Mackintosh series (Quercus) begins in July 2008 delivers insights into physics, astronomy, computing and genetics. He has worked as a science editor for Oxford University Press and as computing editor for the Pearson group. In addition to print-based work and exhibitions, he also scripts shows for ITV entertainment.

Mike Nagle is a freelance science writer and web editor, specialising in healthcare, drugs, technology and chemistry. He has been short-listed for PTC New Journalist of the Year and is a winner of International Young Chemistry Writer of the Year. He has written for PhramaTimes, DrugResearcher and New Scientist.

Dr Julie Naimareza began work as a medial writer with Wellcome, and is currently working freelance under the name “Global Media” (www.globalmedia.com). Her interest is principally in science and healthcare in the developing world, but she has a keen interest in the use of images in science and healthcare training and writes for Bangladesh’s top English Language newspaper.

Dr Sarah Palmer is a freelance medical/science writer interested in health and education. She focuses mostly on developing learning and training materials for multimedia projects but also writes for print. Before going freelance she spent eight years at the Wellcome Trust.

Angela Saini works for BBC London news as a reporter but regularly freelances for New Scientist and the Nature Network website. Her real passion is science policy, defence and weapons. She holds a masters in engineering from Oxford University.

Ian Salusbury is a chemist who has followed the MSc in Science Communication at UWE. He says: “After 18 years working in academic publishing I have taken the plunge and become a freelance writer. My interests lie mainly in the physical sciences and engineering, but I have also tackled more business-focused topics.”

Dr Simon Singh holds a PhD in particle physics. He joined the BBC and worked as a director and producer on such projects as Tomorrow’s World and Earth Story. He won a BAFTA for his work on a Horizon documentary on Fermat’s :Last Theorem and wrote a book on the same subject that became a no 1 non-fiction bestseller in the UK. He has lately co-authored Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.

Dr Deborah Jane Wake is a hospital-based medical practitioner specialising in diabetes and endocrine diseases. She writes a regular column for The Scotsman and writes, presents and produces the medical podcast series Dr Pod’s Healthcast (www.drpod.co.uk). She is a member of the Association of Broadcasting Doctors and is a trained on-screen presenter with broadcast and corporate experience.

Ed Yong works for Cancer Research UK and is the writer of the blog Not Exactly Rocket Science (ScienceBlogs.com). He won the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer Award (2007) and has freelanced for Nature, New Scientist, Nature Network, The Economist and The Daily Telegraph. He says he still finds writing about himself in the third person strange and unsettling.


Dr Ian Weatherhead is Director of UK and R&D Communications, UCB Celltech. He is editor of UCB R&D Magazine. He has worked in corporate communications and science communications roles for over 15 years with Zeneca, AstraZenca and Syngenta prior to joining UCB Celltech in 2005.


Rupa Jayant Chandarana is studying Biology with Science Communication at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has had experience of radio at BBC Radio Oxford, and is a keen Indian dancer, currently working towards her gold Duke Of Edinburgh Award.

Nira Datta is following the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. She is also a member of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association. She has previously worked for various media outlets in Toronto, mainly in molecular biology and international health matters. Her interests like mainly in science in the developing world.

Dr Isabel Kaufmann
is following the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. She also works freelance in print journalism.

Rieko Kawabata is following the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. She is narrator of Science Zoo for NHK World (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

Kate Oliver holds an MSci in Physics and is the writer of Null Hypothesis and The Cheese Grater.

Tamsin Osborne
is following the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. She has had five stories published on the New Scientist website.

Katrina Pavelin is following the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London, where she is specialising in print journalism and web publishing. She is a writer and section editor for the college magazine I, Science and Felix.

Dr Tim Sands is following the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London.