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Welcome! I am a writer and scientist. For over twenty years, I was Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). In addition to research and teaching, I also served in a variety of administrative positions, including associate dean and department chair. I received an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 and am now a full-time writer.

During the years I was a faculty member, I taught courses on topics from freshman chemistry to advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in thermodynamics, kinetics and statistical mechanics. My research interests were and continue to be in complex systems, especially in biophysical settings. For more details, see my CV.

In 2003 I moved to Washington to direct the country's research program in theoretical and computational chemistry at the National Science Foundation. I also edited the agency's newsletter, The Current, for a few years and broadened my experience in writing about science for the public. While at NSF, I continued to pursue my work in complex systems science through agency initiatives and became especially interested in the application of complexity and emergence ideas to social systems.

I am currently working as a novelist, freelance writer and blogger. Information about my books, essays and short stories, many of which are available as e-publications for Kindle and Nook, can be found on my Amazon Author Page. You can also find me on Mastodon and Facebook. My first two novels were published in 2019 and my nonfiction popular science book came out in 2021. See this website for info!

In addition to being a writer, I am also a mom, grandmother, wife, cat herder, gardener, runner and certified yoga instructor. After retiring from our government jobs, my husband and I moved from the DC area to Denver, Colorado, where we are enjoying the good life.

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