Welcome to my personal blog! Blogging is a hobby that I enjoy because, as I write on my website, scientific writing is valuable but kinda boring. As a scientist, you’re expected to write in as dull of a style as you possibly can. Honestly, my middle school English teachers would drop dead if they saw how I write for scientific journals.
I love doing science on obesity-related policies (you can read more about my research here), but writing about science to scientific audiences isn’t my favorite part. Blogging is my escape to talk … well, like a normal person.
My passion is connecting science with the real world. Real World Science is less common than we like to admit – even in a discipline like public health that is designed to directly serve the public. That’s why I study, write, and speak about 3 topics that are designed to connect science with the real world:
- Obesity in the news
- Policy and systems change
- Science communication
Occasionally, I also blog about my own challenges with living a healthy lifestyle. I’ve learned that public speaking is more effective when you share something about your own life with the audience. If you have any comments or suggestions on what you’d like to hear about, feel free to share. Cheers!
In my day job, I am Vice President of Research and Evaluation for Healthy Food America. I lead and oversee research that is designed to promote evidence-based food policy change. My research has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, and several other media outlets. This is my personal blog; views are my own.
You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where I often post content about obesity news, school nutrition, public transit, systems science, and occasionally random topics like Seattle sports, marathon training, or my latest off-the-beaten-path vacation destination.