EDUCATION & RESEARCH: After studying poetry as a Bellarmine University undergraduate and science writing as a master's student at MIT, Emily Ruppel has spent the past few years working as a writer and editor at the science/faith intersection, mostly with groups striving to increase science literacy among evangelical Christians.
In fall 2014 Emily will be entering the University of Pittsburgh's PhD program in Rhetoric of Science as this year's Provost's Humanities Fellow. She is specifically interested in how non-aggressive, question-first approaches to dialogue with openly anti-science communities can improve communication efforts of advocacy groups and others.
In addition to her doctoral work in rhetoric, Emily will be pursuing a master's degree in bioethics with a focus on experimental ethics and the economics of end-of-life care.
WRITING & EDITING: Emily has been writing "novels" since she was five years old, beginning with Blacky, (about a black horse), and quickly followed by Blacky Out West, neither of which can be purchased on Amazon.com.
While waiting for that day to come, 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. Both organizations are committed to exploring how science and theology complement one another to increase our understanding of the world we live in and why we're here. As editor of ASA's God & Nature magazine, Emily works to stimulate "conversation beyond the origins controversy" with articles, interviews, poetry, and artwork from writers and scholars around the world.
TEACHING: In addition to her joint work with ASA and BioLogos, Emily has taught a science writing course to students at her alma mater, Bellarmine University, and helped launch the first-ever student science communication workshop for summer interns at Brookhaven National Laboratory, which just enjoyed its second successful year! She has also been active as a science writing instructor for MIT's MOSTEC (MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community), a program for minority high school students gifted in the STEM fields.
ARTWORK: Emily’s artistic service, Smile Lines, offers caricatures, portraits, and custom artwork to independent clients in the Louisville and Pittsburgh areas.
ETC: In her spare time Emily likes to read, run, write children's books about obscure scientific fields, and fall down while ice skating. Well, she prefers not to fall down but that's typically how it goes.