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  Kelli Whitlock Burton
Professional/Personal Overview
  A science and medical writer for more than 20 years, I have covered everything from the genetics of breast cancer in African Americans to the discovery of new dinosaurs species. I have written for newspapers, Internet and magazines, completing stories varying in length from 250 words to 5,000 words. I also am a freelance editor, editing technical manuscripts as well as general interest magazines.
Work Info
Editor 17 Years
Reporter 23 Years
Writer 23 Years
Environment & Nature 19 Years
Science 19 Years
Medicine 23 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
23 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Science magazine (11+), Science Now! (11+), Boston Globe (11+), American Archaeology Magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Ohio University (11+), Kenyon College (11+), inVentiv Communications (6-10), Ohio State University (3-5), University of Georgia (3-5), Univesity of Chicago School of Medicine (3-5), Denison University (3-5), Harvard University Medical School (3-5), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1-2), Sarah Lawrence College (1-2)
Other Work History
Staff Writer, The Tuscaloosa News, Alabama, 1990-1994
Associate Editor, Ohio State University, 1994-1996
Editor and Science Writer, Ohio University, 1996-2003
Editor and Science Writer, Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003-2004
Freelance science writer, 2004-present
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Word Press, Publisher
Laptop, Desktop, 35MM Nikon 8008, digital voice recorder, digital camera (5 megapixel)
David Grimm, ScienceNow!, dgrimm@aaas.org
Jeffrey Mervis, Science, jmervis@aaas.org
Gideon Gill, Boston Globe, ggill@globe.com
Jeff Grabmeier, The Ohio State University, grabmeier.1@osu.edu
Nine national medals for excellence in writing and magazine editing from Council for Advancement and Support of Education
New York Times Chairman's Award
Three statewide AP awards for reporting
Four Baptist Medical Center awards for health reporting
Clarion Award for feature writing, Association for Women in Communications
National Association of Science Writers
BA, Journalism
MS, Journalism
Attended several professional writing courses, including the Neiman Narrative Journalism Conference (2002-2004) and the Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Writing Seminar (2005)
WordPress for Small Business Owners
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Columbus, OH. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Editing samples  
(Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 5/12/2012)
HHMi announced the first-time recipients of a new award for emerging scientists. My job was to edit the bios written by freelancers. I edited a total of six bios.
(Science magazine, 9/24/2010)
Contributing editor for Random Samples department. Responsible for building story budget, assigning and editing stories, securing art work, page design approval, and page proof review.
(Science magazine, 9/17/2010)
Contributing editor for Random Samples department in Science magazine. Responsible for building story budget, assigning and editing stories, obtaining art, page design approval and page proof review.
(Science magazine, 9/10/2010)
Contributing editor for Random Samples department in Science magazine. Responsible for building story budget, assigning and editing stories, obtaining art, page design approval and page proof review.
Writing Samples  
(American Archaeology magazine, 10/1/2012)
The Shakers are one of America’s best-known utopian societies. An investigation of Pleasant Hill, one of their former communities in Kentucky, reveals how their emphasis on order, work, and religious devotion, and their penchant for innovations, were an attempt at perfecting their lives.
(Sarah Lawrence College, 4/1/2012)
People fight because of how they feel—whether angry, afraid, or threatened. Leah Olson and Elizabeth Johnson teach an interdisciplinary class on human feelings. Can understanding what’s happening in our brains help us control destructive emotions?
(BioTechniques, 2/14/2012)
Using a deceptively simple two-step process, scientists have successfully frozen fruit flies at below-zero temperatures without killing them.
(Boston Globe, 11/1/2010)
(Medical News Today, 9/10/2010)
Scientists have discovered a small molecule that helps human cells get rid of the misfolded, disfigured proteins implicated in Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative ailments.
(Boston Globe, 8/16/2010)
The placement of a joint headquarters of Sanofi-Aventis SA’s new cancer research unit in Cambridge, announced last month, marks a turning point for the world’s third-largest pharmaceutical company.
(ScienceNOW, 6/10/2010)
More than 80% of plant species make friends with a common fungus. In return for sugar, the fungus helps the plants extract nutrients from the soil. But rice plants, a primary food source for billions of people, don’t have this special relationship—and thus they don’t receive the extra boost the fung
(ScienceNOW, 5/20/2010)
When the Canadian government created a $200 million pot to attract up to 20 of the world's best researchers in four target areas, university administrators had no trouble finding 36 stars that they wanted to hire. Diversity was another matter, however.
(Boston Globe, 5/10/2010)
Mammograms in most women under 40 may cause more harm than good, according to new research.
(Harvard Gazette, 3/1/2010)
Efforts to prevent childhood obesity should begin far earlier than currently thought — perhaps even before birth — especially for minority children, according to a new study that tracked 1,826 women from pregnancy through their children’s first five years of life.