I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz Communication Master’s Program in 2021, where I was the Inaugural Astrobiology Communication Fellow. I have a bachelor’s in physics from Syracuse University.
A Journey That Began Among The Stars…
Staring up at the stars, which are particularly luminous above my rural hometown in upstate New York, I once pointed up at a familiar constellation. “Look, it’s O’Brien’s Belt,” I reported to my family. A beat. Then laughter.
“Allison… it’s Orion’s Belt.”
Okay, so maybe I’d misheard a term or two when educators brought an inflatable planetarium to our elementary school, though I’d loved crawling inside the dome and marveling at the illuminated constellations. Lesson learned, I continued scanning the starry skies on nighttime strolls and through the equations of college astrophysics courses.
We are here to explore the universe and grow from what we discover. When I tell science stories, I feel I am on an adventure, pointing up at the stars, offering an open invitation for everyone to stargaze alongside me.
Freelance Science Writer
Planetary Communication Intern, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
(September 2021 – January 2022)
Wrote feature stories and press releases, social media posts, and video scripts on NASA Goddard planetary science.
Social Media Intern, NASA Ames Research Center
(June 2021 – September 2021)
Wrote an average of 5 posts a week for posting across platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with a combined audience of more than half a million users. Strategized boosting engagement with polls and vertical video stories.
News Intern, Monterey Herald
(January 2021 – March 2021)
Reported and wrote news stories for the Monterey Herald on deadline.