Patricia Daukantas has been known to go to great heights and great lengths in pursuit of a story. Great heights, as in the top of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea (4,205 m), site of some of the world’s most powerful astronomical telescopes. Great lengths, as in flying across the United States via commercial jetliner on the evening of December 31, 1999 — when the “Y2K crisis” was supposed to bring civilization to a grinding halt (obviously, it did not).
Daukantas holds degrees in journalism, physics and astronomy. She has written for several publications and websites including Optics & Photonics News, Government Computer News, Computers in Physics, Linux Journal, Medium, and Physical Review Focus. She is currently a freelance writer and editor, but is interested in gaining full-time employment.
Daukantas is a member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the D.C. Science Writers’ Association (DCSWA). Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she enjoys folk dancing, fiber arts, and preparing speeches to deliver in front of the Greenbelt Toastmasters Club.