I specialize in explaining complex ideas in simple ways. In addition to writing Empirical Zeal, an award-winning science blog exploring the curious patterns and hidden harmonies of daily life, I have been published in online venues including Wired, Nautilus, Minute Physics and TED-Ed. In 2012, I was published in print in The Best Online Science Writing 2012 (Scientific American Books), and awarded first prize in the 3 Quarks Daily Online Science Writing Prize. My writing and videos have collectively been accessed many millions of times.
Expanding Access to Science and Technology
At Princeton, I work on bringing science and engineering to a wider audience by co-teaching courses, collaborating with faculty on developing courses, mentoring students, organizing talks and workshops, and collaborating widely to get more people curious and excited about science.
I helped create and co-teach 'Transformations in Engineering and the Arts', where students of all majors use engineering to create art. Along with Dan Trueman, I teach 'Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception, and Creativity' a lab course in the Music department exploring the fundamentals of music, sound, and perception. While at Rutgers University, I taught physics to nearly 600 undergraduates, developed a physics course about meeting our energy needs through renewables, taught an afterschool class in space science to middle school students in Newark, NJ, and taught high school students a summer course on building two-wheeled self-balancing robots.
I'm a physicist by training. My Ph.D. research addressed problems in biological evolution and quantitative genetics, and has been cited over 100 times. Prior to this, I spent two years of graduate school studying particle physics and quantum field theory. Following my Ph.D., my research at Princeton University has focused on engineering education.