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The “real” first post

Greetings! After I wrote the previous post, I had what some people would call an “attack of life” — namely, a conjunction of a case of the flu, an automobile that needed a new fuel pump in order to function, and a deadline on a 3,900-word freelance article. Now that I have jumped all three hurdles successfully, I would like to give myself a proper introduction.

I am a science writer and science editor. I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University (greetings to the Daily Free Press alumni!), a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a master’s in astronomy from the University of Maryland at College Park. I like to write about cutting-edge scientific research.

Over the past five or six years, my main writing topic has been optics — specifically, things like lasers in ophthalmology, lasers in dermatology, lidar systems, fiber-optic communications, biomedical imaging, stuff like that. Sometimes I’ve been able to have a little fun with the topic. For example, for the issue of Optics & Photonics News (OPN) that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first laser (May 2010), I wrote “A Short History of Laser Light Shows” — possibly the only article that has ever mentioned both Charles Hard Townes and Pete Townshend. (The link, in case you’re curious: One of Townes’ Ph.D. students worked on some of the first laser-light shows in the early 1970s, and The Who was an early adopter of laser effects back in the mid-’70s — as well as the 2010 Super Bowl halftime show.)

I wish I could show you my OPN articles, but they’re locked up behind the magazine’s firewall. If you are a member of OSA — The Optical Society, you can log in to and search on my surname.

I will use this blog for several purposes: links to my publicly available professional writing, musings about scientific/technical topics that interest me, and the occasional rant. I welcome comments, but I will moderate them, if only to weed out links to dicey “Barely Legal Teens” websites and other spam.

Welcome, and please say hello!