About the Writer

Screen Shot 2019-05-21 at 9.55.03 AMSamantha (Sam) Jones grew up in the Boston area as an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and really delicious seafood. As an undergraduate she attended Vassar College, studying biology and science education while competing on the swim team. In 2011, she started a position as a research technician at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri, where she used non-parasitic flatworms with remarkable regenerative capacity to ask questions about stem cell biology. In September of 2013, Sam moved to San Diego to start graduate school in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California, San Diego. Her thesis work focused on the role of RNA in neural development and cognition. After receiving her PhD in 2018 she moved to Washington, DC. to work as an assistant editor for Chemical & Engineering News. In May, 2019, Sam began her current position as a science writer for the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios YouTube series Reactions. Outside of the day-to-day, Sam is a freelance writer exploring opportunities for scientists and the public to talk about science. She is one of the organizers of this year’s ComSciCon-SciWri workshop in State College, PA.

Check out Sam’s year-long highlight of women in STEM, where every week of 2019 she features two women in STEM/STEM communication on Twitter.

For more info, check out Sam’s CV: Samantha Jones 2018

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