Science + Society

Our team regularly produces articles and newsletters for the Thriving Earth Exchange of the American Geophysical Union highlighting ways communities and scientists are working together to build a better world.

We pitch story ideas, manage the editorial calendar, conduct stakeholder interviews and produce each story start-to-finish. Our pieces have taken a variety of multimedia forms, including videos, podcasts, infographics, slideshows and articles.

By sharing these stories, we hope to inspire more communities and scientists to advance solutions to pressing environmental problems.  Continue reading

Press Releases

We have written hundreds of press releases to help our clients share the latest research findings and technological innovations. This work has helped generate coverage in high-impact media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington PostUSA Today, National Public Radio and BBC News.

We are adept at screening abstracts for newsworthiness, interviewing researchers, developing press materials and interfacing with client stakeholders and the press to disseminate research news.

This work helps broaden the public’s understanding of the impacts and importance of basic and applied science in areas ranging from telecommunications to drug discovery to deep space. Clients have included The Optical Society, UNC Health Care, the Renaissance Computing Institute, Genetics Society of America and others.  Continue reading

Extreme Event Game

Extreme Event LogoAnne developed the content for this role-playing game about disaster resilience for the Koshland Science Museum. It won a Gold Medal in the International Serious Play Awards when it was first released in 2015. The game is now in its third edition and has been played by community groups and schools around the world.

The game is designed to give participants a taste of what it takes to build community resilience in the face of disaster. Players work together to make decisions and solve problems during an engaging, fast-paced disaster simulation.  Continue reading

Marketing and Social Media Consulting

We help our clients stand out in a crowded media environment with snappy copy and strategic social engagement. We create engaging posts and irresistible graphics, expand our clients’ networks and generally maximize the visibility of compelling science content.

As part of this work, we have:

  • Managed clients’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts
  • Maintained email newsletters and blogs
  • Created flyers, postcards, email blasts and other marketing collateral
  • Developed and promoted events and programs
  • Overseen website audits and revamps for maximum visibility
  • Surveyed target audiences to plan and evaluate outreach strategies

Clients who have benefitted from our marketing and social media consulting include Higgs Boson Health, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the American Society for Nutrition, the American Geophysical Union and others.

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Research Frontiers in Bioinspired Energy

Anne developed all of the content for this website highlighting extraordinary research that seeks to develop new energy technologies based on nature. The work was done for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as part of an outreach effort profiling cutting-edge research at the intersection of biology and chemistry.

In addition to interviewing researchers, gathering source material, writing researcher profiles and gathering images, Anne also wrote and voiced the website’s two videos and worked with animator Stacy Jannis to develop and refine the video imagery. Continue reading

Conference Media Relations

Our team regularly provides media relations services to draw attention to the latest research findings presented at scientific conferences. As part of this work, we identify newsworthy research, build media lists, prepare press materials, interface with researchers and reporters, generate social media buzz and track coverage.

This work has resulted in hundreds of media placements including articles in The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, LA Times, Fox News, ABC News, Huffington Post, IFLScience, TIME, Newsweek, National Geographic and numerous other high-impact media outlets. We’ve tracked traditional and social media coverage in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Continue reading

Biomedical Press Releases

We have written numerous press releases to help UNC Health Care, UNC School of Medicine, UNC School of Nursing and their partner institutes communicate about basic research findings and the latest advances in medical care. This work has helped generate coverage in The Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio, BBC News and other high-impact media outlets.

For each press release, we review scientific papers or other source material, interview the research team and prepare an engaging summary that will hook lay readers without “dumbing down” the research. Topics range from new surgical techniques to what basic chemistry can tell us about the origins of life on Earth. Continue reading

Pollinator Wheel

Sometimes you need more than words to get your message across.

In this project done while Anne was a Communications Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Anne worked with leading researchers and public outreach organizations to determine the best channel and format for reaching kids and gardeners with key messages about the value of pollinators.

The result was an innovative interactive wheel. Measuring about 10” wide, the wheel provides a fun and engaging way to learn about nature’s pollinators and get tips on how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. Continue reading

Ocean Science Booklets

Anne oversaw development of this extensive five-booklet series on ocean science and stewardship while a Communications Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She was lead writer for the booklets, conducted image research and oversaw the development of graphics, and worked closely with expert reviewers to ensure consistency and accuracy of the content.

Each booklet draws from numerous expert reports from the National Research Council and underwent an extensive review process involving multiple scientific experts and other stakeholders. Continue reading

Reports & Workshops

Our team has extensive experience writing and editing scientific reports and workshop proceedings. We work closely with client stakeholders to scope the timeline and goals of each project and develop a customized style guide to ensure clarity and consistency.

Our team served as writers/rapporteurs for:

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Papers & Grants

We frequently provide writing and editing services to help researchers develop white papers, journal manuscripts and grant proposals. We are familiar with the strict timing and formatting constraints involved in many of these products and provide quick-turnaround services to ensure clients stay on track for submission deadlines.

Depending on client needs and resources, we can provide consultation early in the development process to help researchers define and scope their paper or project, provide last-minute copyediting/proofreading, or anything in between. Continue reading

Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

Anne wrote this 32-page educational booklet while a Communications Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. It is intended for a lay audience and summarizes anticipated impacts of climate change on ecosystems in seven regions of the United States.

In addition to content creation, she oversaw the booklet’s design, printing and dissemination campaign. To develop the booklet, Anne drew from source material in National Research Council reports and interviewed numerous scientists and other stakeholders to distill key messages. Continue reading

Stem Cells Booklet

Anne researched and wrote this educational booklet on stem cell basics while a Communications Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The goal was to provide an engaging, science-based explanation of stem cells and how they’re used in medicine to inform a more balanced public discourse on the topic, which was generating considerable controversy at the time.

An extensive review process—involving members of the clergy and groups opposed to stem cell research, in addition to many scientists—helped ensure that the booklet would speak to readers with many different perspectives.

The booklet was well-received by its target audiences and tens of thousands of copies have been distributed to classrooms, museums and other groups. Continue reading