As I reflect on my career in 2016, there are several milestones that are especially exciting for me. I produced my first public radio story (for someone raised listening to NPR, this one was particularly meaningful) and I also received a small travel grant that allowed me to cover Europe’s biggest science conference, the EuroScience Open Forum, in the UK.
Some of my writing has also been American Scientist‘s most popular of 2016 (not all of it was written in 2016, but it continues to get high amounts of attention). I wrote the most popular blog post and most popular book review. And a column I edited is the magazine’s most popular article online this year. One of my favorite pieces I worked on in 2016 was my interview with Virginia Tech’s Marc Edwards about the Flint water crisis, which also received overwhelming positive feedback from our readers in the form of letters and other personal responses.