Emily Ruppel is a PhD student in communication at the University of Pittsburgh, with focus areas in rhetoric of science, bioethics, STS, feminist theory, and oral history. Emily entered University of Pittsburgh as the 2014/2015 Provost's Humanities Fellow and is part of several on and off-campus collaborations to increase communicative literacy and critical/humanistic thinking about science and medicine among STEM majors and working professionals.
Concurrent with her PhD, Emily is pursuing a master's degree at the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at Pitt, with a focus on medical research ethics. This is partly an extension of the work she began with her master's thesis on the scientific and ethical developments leading to the world's first successful hand transplants.
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.
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 as executive editor of the ASA's God & Nature magazine, a publication offering articles, interviews, poetry, and artwork from writers and scholars around the world on special topics in science and religion.
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.)