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Kate Greene's essays and journalism have appeared in Slate, Wired, The Economist, Pacific Standard, and The New Yorker online, among others. Her writing has received national and international attention, and she has been interviewed on the BBC World Service, NPR's All Things Considered, and Word of Mouth, as well as other AM, FM, and satellite radio programs. Kate holds degrees in chemistry and physics and has taught writing at Vanderbilt University, San Francisco State University, and the Tennessee Prison for Women. She likes to swim in the Bay and read poetry at open mics in San Francisco.
C. V. Highlights

  • 10+ years journalism experience, 4 years as an editor at Technology Review

  • Co-author of Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World, MIT Press, PROSE Award winner

  • Writing instructor at San Francisco State University and visiting lecturer at Vanderbilt University

  • Crew writer and second-in-command of HI-SEAS 2013, a NASA-funded, 4-month simulated Mars mission

  • Former laser jock, current cold-water swimmer

Current Affiliation:

Author, essayist, speaker, and freelance journalist July 2009 – present

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Science Writer April 2014 – present

University of Kansas, Physics M.S. 2004

Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, KS, Chemistry, B.S. 2001

Journalism and Writing Experience:

Current contributor to Slate, Wired, Aeon, The Economist, Discover, Pacific Standard, New Yorker

online, Aeon, Technology Review, and Elle UK. Previously published in U.S. News & World Report,

Popular Mechanics, High Country News, Gizmodo, Science News, New Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Science Writer) 2014 – present

Translate research findings on cosmology, nuclear science, particle physics, materials science,

and laser physics into readable articles for a lay audience. Provide public-speaking and writing

support for lab scientists.

Co-author of Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World (MIT Press) 2014
HI-SEAS (Crew Writer) 2012 – 2013

Blogged for The Economist and Discover about the day-to-day experience of participating in

the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), a simulated Mars mission

funded by NASA to study future space-food systems.

Nashville Review (Nonfiction Editor) 2011 – 2012

Read nonfiction submissions to Vanderbilt University's literary magazine. Promoted pieces

of superior quality to editor-in-chief. Provided edits for clarity and brevity.
Technology Review (Information Technology Editor) 2005 – 2009

Directed coverage of topics in computer science, electrical engineering, and information

technology for the website. Reported and wrote more than 350 articles for the website and

magazine, commissioned freelance stories, contributed editing. Wrote three to five technology

pieces per week. Led multiple panel discussions at Technology Review’s annual innovation

conference, EmTech, on topics including software-defined radio, optical computing, and women

in technology. “In Coversation” with Intel’s CTO Justin Rattner in 2009 at the Computer History

Museum, Judged ZINK Imaging’s 2009 Zero Boundaries product design competition.

Appeared on CNBC’s On the Money commenting on Apple’s iPhone.
Science News (Intern) 2005

Pitched, reported, and wrote feature stories and weekly news articles on a range of science topics

including climatology, social networks, and space flight.
Freelance Writer 2004 – 2005

Contributed to The Economist, New Scientist, SELF, Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence.com,

Defense Transformation, Research/Penn State, and the University of Kansas Alumni Magazine.
The Economist (Richard Casement Intern) 2004

Wrote news articles and features for the Science and Technology section. Contributed to the

Books and Arts section with a book review.
The Launch Pad (Founder and Editor) 2002 – 2004

Edited a newsletter for the University of Kansas chapter of the American Astronautical Society.

Organized and managed editorial staff. Formatted and produced small monthly circulation of

newsletters to students and faculty.

Speaking Experience:

Invited speaker to students from Tokyo University of Science and Kyoto Sangyo University (2013- present)

Invited speaker at the University of Minnesota Skeptech conference (April 2014)

Presenter at Kansas City Nerd Nite (September 2013)

Invited speaker at Vanderbilt University's Department of Physics & Astronomy (2011)

Moderated Computer History Museum event, Into the Future: Man and Machines | In Conversation

with Intel CTO Justin Rattner (2009)

Invited speaker at University of Kansas Physics Colloquium (2008)

Keynote panel moderator for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (2008)

Panel moderator at Technology Review’s Emerging Technology Conferences (2006 - 2008)

Panel moderator at the IIT Global Alumni Conference (2007)

Teaching Experience:

San Francisco State University (Instructor, Graduate Writing Skills) Spring & Fall 2014

Developed and taught a course on science and technical writing for engineering and

science graduate students.

Vanderbilt University (Lecturer, Communication of Science, Engineering, and Technology) Fall 2011

Developed and taught a course in science and technology communication for undergraduates.

Tennessee Prison for Women (Creative Writing Instructor) Spring 2011

Helped develop a creative writing curriculum and co-taught inmates in weekly classes.

University of Kansas (Physics Tutor) 2003 – 2004

Conducted weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions for college-level, calculus-based introductory

University of Kansas (Graduate Teaching Assistant) 2001 – 2002

Taught introductory physics laboratory sections, which included 15 – 20 minute background

presentations to three sections of approximately 30 students each. Held office hours and led

problem-solving sessions for individuals and groups. Graded lab reports, proctored exams.

Saint Mary College (Mathematics Tutor) 2000 – 2001

Conducted weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions for middle school mathematics.

Leadership Experience:

HI-SEAS, Mars Analog Mission 2012 – 2013

Second-in-command during the four-month mission. Supported crew commander, led

meetings and a variety of initiatives, facilitated communication between crew members

and between crew and mission support.
48-Hour Film Project 2008, 2009

Executive producer and co-director of “The Trade Expert” and “Thunderfingers,” official

entries in the San Francisco 48-Hour Film Project. Both films screened at the Roxy Theater in

San Francisco.

Bay Area Maker Faire 2008

Developed the concept for and led a small team to make a prototype for a fiber-optic light pipe – a

passive indoor lighting system. Demonstrated the light pipe at the Bay Area Maker Faire. Project

was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and on Current TV.

Amnesty International 2000 – 2001

President of Saint Mary College chapter of Amnesty International. Held monthly letter-writing

meetings, led fundraisers.
Saint Mary College Volleyball 1997 – 2000

Captained the volleyball team to three seasons of record wins and conference standings.

Research Experience:

HI-SEAS, Mars Analog Mission 2012 – present

Principle Investigator on a sleep and lighting study designed to observe changes in quantity

and quality of participants’ sleep in a 4-month Mars analog mission when exposed to 45

minutes of bright, blue-white morning light. Designed study, procured equipment, collected

and organized daily sleep/activity survey, cognitive assessment data and salivary melatonin data.

University of Kansas 2001, 2002 – 2004

Collaborated with small team of graduate research assistants to design and build a laboratory

for analysis of mid-infrared semiconductor laser and LED samples. Implemented LabView

programs to coordinate laboratory equipment including Nd:YAG laser, spectrometer,

oscilloscopes, boxcar integrator, and lock-in amplifier. Conducted numerous characterizations

of laser and LED samples for publication. Published papers in the Material Research Society

Symposium Proceedings and Journal of Applied Physics.

Saint Mary College 2000 – 2002

Devised and implemented an independent research project to determine an energy profile of

isomers of the C20 molecule via molecular simulations. Presented a poster at the Midwest

Regional meeting of the American Chemical Society. Published a paper in the Journal of

Computational Chemistry.
North Carolina State University 2000

Conducted research in Gerald Lucovsky’s physics laboratory as a member of a select group of

students awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduates grant by the National Science

Foundation. Used ellipsometer and analytical methods to determine dielectric constant of alloys

of zinc and zirconium-oxide. Deposited semiconductor samples using remote plasma enhanced

chemical vapor deposition. Presented work at NC State physics colloquium.

Academic Publications:

T.C. McAlpine, K.R. Greene, M.R. Santilli, L.J. Olafsen, et al. Pump Wavelength Tuning of

Optical Pumping Injection Cavity Lasers for Enhancing Mid-Infrared Operation, (Mater. Res. Soc.

Symp. Proc. 799, Boston, MA, 2003) Z4.7
T.C. McAlpine, K.R. Greene, M.R. Santilli, L.J. Olafsen, et al. Resonantly pumped optical

pumping injection cavity lasers, Journal of Applied Physics, 96(9): 4751-4754 (2004)

Katherine R. Greene, Kyle A. Beran: Isomers of C20: An Energy Profile. Journal of

Computational Chemistry 23(9): 38-942 (2002)

Selected Journalistic Publications:

“An All-Female Mission to Mars,” Slate, October 2014


“How Should We Program Computers to Deceive?” Pacific Standard, September 2014


“Planet Boredom,” Aeon, February 2014


“The Mystery of Moon Dust,” The New Yorker online, November 2013


Series of blog posts about life on (analog) Mars for Discover’s website, April – August 2013


“Mending Broken Hearts,” U.S. News & World Report, December 3, 2012.


“Turning a Line,” The Economist, May 12, 2012


“Our Data, Ourselves,” Discover, December 8, 2011


“A shapely future for circuits,” The Economist, March 10, 2011


“A Camera With a Brain,” Stanford Magazine, September/October, 2010


“The Sailboat Race that Outpaces the Wind,” Gizmodo, August 23, 2010


“The Hunt for the Perfect Screen,” Gizmodo, December 28, 2009


“Read All About it,” The Economist, December 12, 2009


“A Touch of Ingenuity,” Technology Review, September/October 2009


“Where Cell Phones Go to Die,” Technology Review, September/October 2008

“A Chinese Challenge to Intel,” Technology Review, September 2, 2008


“What Is He Doing?” Technology Review, November/December 2007


“The Promise of Personal Supercomputers,” Technology Review, February 23, 2007


“Sensors without Batteries,” Technology Review, May 5, 2006


“Mars or Bust: Science helps those with the right stuff keep their stuff right,”

Science News, November 26, 2005

“Aftershock: Being hit by lightning is something you’ll never forget,” New Scientist, June 25, 2005

“About Face,” The Economist, December 4, 2004

“Weird Science,” Lawrence Journal-World, December 7, 2004

“Paradox Lost,” The Economist, July 22, 2004


Relevant Skills:

Familiarity with video and audio recording equipment and techniques. Proficient in video and

editing software including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Audacity. Basic programming familiarity with

HTML, LabView, C++, and PHP.


Fellowship to attend the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics new media workshop (2012)

Jamie Patrick's Adventure Swim Contest Winner (2011)

Visiting Lecturer, Vanderbilt University (2011)

Inducted into the Saint Mary College Hall of Fame, Volleyball (2008)

Science News Internship (2005)

Fellowship to attend Press Week sponsored by the Jackson Laboratory and Johns Hopkins (2005)

Richard Casement Internship (2004)

KU Research Assistantship (2002-2004)

KU Teaching Assistantship (2001-2002)

All-College Honors, Saint Mary College (2001)

National Science Foundation Fellow, Research experience for Undergraduates (2000)

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