Jessica Morrison is a reporter at Chemical & Engineering News. As AGU’s 2012 Mass Media Fellow, she spent her summer reporting science news stories at the Chicago Tribune newspaper.
“At the Chicago Tribune, I found a voice as a health reporter, a voice that I didn’t know I had,” Morrison said in her post-fellowship report.
Morrison earned her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. There, she studied the geochemistry of actinides – radioactive elements such as uranium, neptunium, and plutonium – to see what happens to elements that are used for nuclear fuel or created as by-products.
Morrison earned her B.S. in geology from Middle Tennessee State University.
Read more about Jessica on The Plainspoken Scientist and in Eos:
- Young Geologist Trades Neptunium for Newspapers as 2012 AGU Mass Media Fellow (2012 AGU Mass Media Fellow announcement)
- The journalistic method: Making the jump from science to journalism (Mid-fellowship report)
- Coffee and Copy, Deadlines and Cutlines: The Lessons of a Scientist Turned Reporter (Post-fellowship report)
Read some of the stories Jessica wrote during her fellowship at the Chicago Tribune:
- Scientists in North Carolina will take close look at ants from Chicago
- Dental sedation calms patients, courts controversy
- Researchers say order of introducing food to babies plays no role in developing food allergies
More from Jessica:
- Figure One (Blog by current and former AAAS Mass Media Fellows
- Jessica describes her fellowship experience in the AGU Mass Media Fellowship video: