Emily Ruppel is a PhD student in communication at the University of Pittsburgh and the 2014/2015 Provost's Humanities Fellow, with focus areas in rhetoric of science, bioethics, STS, feminist theory, and oral history. Prior to her doctoral work, Emily studied poetry at Bellarmine University in Louisville (B.A. '08) and science writing at MIT (M.S. '11). She has also spent many years working as a professional writer and editor for academic and popular outlets.
Concurrent with her PhD, Emily is pursuing a master's degree at the Pitt Center for Bioethics and Health Law, with a focus on experimental research ethics. This is partly an extension of the work she began with her master's thesis at MIT, where she researched the controversial stories behind the world's first successful hand transplants.
Writing and editorial work: Emily has worked as Associate Director of Communications for the American Scientific Affiliation and as Web Editor for the daily blog of the BioLogos Foundation. Most recently, she served as content editor for Abraham's Dice, a collection of essays on randomness and providence edited by Karl Giberson and forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She also continues to work part time for the ASA as editor of God & Nature magazine, a publication launched in 2011 to help stimulate conversation "beyond the origins controversy" in science and faith. G&N publishes articles, interviews, poetry, and artwork from writers and scholars around the world on various topics of interest to scientists and people of faith.
Etc: In Emily's spare time she likes to read, run, write poetry, draw caricatures at special events, and fall down while ice skating. (Well, she prefers not to fall down but that's typically how it goes.)