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Monday, 9 March 2009

New Members


Tracey Logan, science broadcaster and writer, worked for the BBC’s Science Radio Unit where she was best known to World Service listeners as the original voice of Go Digital (the first radio show with live studio pictures). She was also an occasional science news correspondent and presenter / producer of award-winning feature documentaries. Now freelance, Tracey – a former sound engineer – continues to turn cutting-edge science into gripping BBC radio and is taking baby-steps into the scary but exciting world of print.

Will Gater is the staff writer on the BBC’s Sky At Night Magazine. Previously he was the news editor at Astronomy Now. He also writes for the European Southern Observatory and the European Space Agency Hubble Space Telescope press office, and blogs regularly about astronomy on his website.

Michael Sharpe has worked as an independent writer and researcher for the last 11 years, after spending ten years in management and technology consultancy. His writing interests include: IT and the knowledge economy; environmental issues in business; science policy; and the management of R&D. He writes for a variety of corporates, research and public sector organisations, and academic and business publishers.  Much of his work has a strong policy dimension, presenting information for and about European ICT research programmes.

Dr Michael Banks graduated in physics from Loughborough University in 2004 having spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, where he subsequently did his PhD in experimental condensed-matter physics. After he finished his degree in 2007, he became news editor of Physics World magazine, published by the Institute of Physics.

Katrina Megget is a freelance science and medical journalist with more than three years’ experience in general news, features, sub-editing and editing for newspaper, magazine and online. A New Zealander now living in London, her work has appeared in Chemistry & Industry, PharmaTimes magazine, in-PharmaTechnologist.com, the New Zealand Herald, NZ Doctor, and leading New Zealand business magazine Unlimited. She also worked for a year and a half on New Zealand’s fourth largest daily newspaper, the Otago Daily Times and was a runner-up in The Daily Telegraph/Bayer Science Writer Award 2008.

Andrew Turley is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, where he studied chemistry, and Imperial College London, where he took the MSc course in science communication. Since October 2008, he has been a staff writer at Chemistry & Industry, where he writes news, features, etc., and edits the book reviews section. He has also worked in medical communications and event management, which, he says, "means I know all the PowerPoint shortcut keys and can say ‘impactful’ without visibly wincing."

Nina Notman is a science correspondent for Chemistry World, a monthly news magazine published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). She has written on a wide range of chemistry related topics for the smaller RSC news magazines Chemical Science, Chemical Technology and Chemical Biology since 2004. She was editor of Chemical Science for 15 months, before moving to her current role in January 2009. The chemistry-related areas that interest her most are environmental, analytical, materials and anything nano.

Kate Travis is the contributing editor for north Europe for ScienceCareers.org, the online career magazine from the publishers of the journal Science. She's also a freelance editor and writer, specializing in biomedical topics and cancer in particular. She was previously the news editor at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and associate editor at Science News magazine. She moved to the UK from Washington, DC, in 2007. She lives in Cambridge.

Michael Hanlon is the Science Editor of the Daily Mail, the UK's biggest-selling mid-market national newspaper. He also writes for New Scientist, Standpoint, and other magazines and broadcasts regularly as a pundit for BBC national and regional radio, as well as radio stations across Europe. He also makes the occassionally television appearance. He has written five books, the latest of which—Eternity: Our Next Billion Years—was published by Macmillan in late 2008.