Laura Mast, Science Writer

January 8, 2019

Mixing it up a bit! I wrote a piece for the Georgia Tech College of Sciences to help them kick off the year of the periodic table- happy 2019, everyone!

Georgia Tech has a ~fantastic~ lineup of events this year, and I'm thrilled to have gotten a sneak peak as well as to...

December 6, 2018

Real talk, I adored this book by author and journalist Andrew Revkin and his environmental educator and wife, Lisa Mechaley! It's full of delightful stories- I can't imagine having to choose only  100 examples of significant weather from the beginning of our planet til...

June 7, 2018

Washing fruits and vegetables before eating is standard practice- a good scrub removes dirt as well as bacteria that can make us sick. However, there’s more to this story- researchers at Georgia Tech found cancer-causing compounds inside the produce, as a result of ind...

May 30, 2018

The annual report! It's finally done! Gosh, I feel like I've labored on this a long time.

Serving as the lead organizer for ComSciCon-Atlanta 2018 has been the highlight of my year; there are so many critical skills required to make the workshop go smoothly that aren't...

May 16, 2018

Can science find solutions where policy lags before the damage deepens?

Read my first (!) piece for the Massive Science Consortium here:

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April 16, 2018

How the nanomaterials in your sunscreen (and other consumer goods) build superbugs, according to research published Nankai University in April 2018. It's a wild world out there, folks.

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February 10, 2018

Beijing, the cultural and political capital of China, is home to a massive population of almost 25 million people has long been known for its air pollution. A team of scientists at Peking University in Beijing looked at the chemistry of the city’s haze and found someth...

December 13, 2017

The story of oil sands – one unconventional source of oil found in Canada – has a newly identified danger right in its backyard: the exhaust from the diesel trucks that carry the material across the site contains a toxin that may affect the health of people in communit...

October 23, 2017

The amount of natural organic matter, or NOM, in water has been increasing for the past 20 years and is expected to increase. Higher amounts of NOM mean more expensive clean water- a high priority especially when considering communities at risk for clean water shortage...

May 31, 2017

What is a teaching philosophy?

A teaching philosophy statement is a typical requirement for faculty applications. It should reflect what *you* think about teaching, what kind of classes you'd like to teach, and how you would organize them. I recommend writing this based...

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