About Me

heather zeigerMy background in chemistry and bioethics gives me a unique perspective on science, technology, and medicine, and has allowed me to write on a variety of topics.

After graduating with an MS in chemistry in 2006, I was not going to go back to school, but several years later, I crossed over to the dark side (the humanities) and eventually earned an MA in bioethics. This amalgamation of the hard sciences and applied philosophy has served me well as a science writer. For one, it has helped me become a better translator and teacher. Scientists have a precise language, and each field of science has its own dialect. Bioethics, on the other hand, is multidisciplinary and requires clear, unambiguous language for a broad audience. Learning how to convert from one writing style (and way of thinking) to another was an experience whose value is more than the sum of the degrees alone.

Below is a summary of work I’ve done as a science writer as well as my educational background and organization memberships. For a complete list of publications, see my Publications page.

  • Journalistic Writing: Research-based articles on the nexus of chemistry and bioethics (see here for a publication list); writer for Phys.org and Medical Xpress
  • Medical Writing: Freelance work for medical organizations, including the Texas Society of Pathologists
  • Copyediting: Copyedited and fact-checked conference proceedings on science, philosophy and math; copyedited an online math curriculum for Revolution Prep K12
  • Curriculum Writing: AP Chemistry online test prep class curriculum writer and teacher
  • News Curator & Research Analyst: Updating The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity’s news source web site, bioethics.com and contributing analyses of science topics in the news
  • Teacher and Speaker: Taught SAT/ACT prep classes for Revolution Prep; writing and reading for national radio and professional speaking on science topics for Probe Ministries (2006 – 2010)
  • Blogger: Professional blog contributions for Salvo Magazine, Revolution Prep, American Institute for Technology and Science Education, Trinity International University’s Bioethics Blog (also featured on bioethics.net)

 Education

  • M.A. in Bioethics, magna cum laude, May, 2013, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois

Capstone Topic: Performance Enhancement in Sports
Recipient of the Harold O.J. Brown Scholarship

  • M.S. in Chemistry, University of Texas at Dallas, May, 2006, Richardson, Texas

Emphasis in organic synthesis and materials

  • B.S. in Chemistry, minor in government and politics, magna cum laude, May, 2003, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

Recipient of the UTD Academic Scholarship with Distinction

Organizations