About Helen

cartwheelI’m a science journalist based in Washington, DC. I studied biology and English literature at a tiny liberal arts college in Texas called Trinity University, and I’m a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars masters program in science writing.

My scientific interests span a pretty wide range: plants (carnivorous and otherwise), pandas, dinosaurs, mummies, archaeology (land and sea), tropical diseases, brain science, all five oceans, sea turtles, vertebrate evolution and food.

These days I work as a web producer for Science News magazine where I write, put things on the Internet, make videos, and manage social media. Over the course of my short career, I’ve also had the pleasure of writing for Smithsonian, Nature, NPR.org (The Salt and Shots). Once upon a time, I also blogged for The Sieve and The Daily Beast.

Though my training is primarily in writing, I often dabble in multimedia and web interactives. Video is also a passion project of mine, as I currently produce and manage the Science News YouTube channel.

Email: hmthompson22 AT gmail DOT com

Twitter: @wwrfd


2 thoughts on “About Helen

  1. Dear Ms. Thompson,

    I just finished ready your article on the Smithsonian website titled, “The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections) – A massive digitization and transcription project calls for volunteers at the Smithsonian.” Yet, in spite of searching the Smithsonian website, I saw no information on how to go about volunteering for this project.

    I would be very grateful to you for information on who to contact to volunteer my services.

    Thank you, first of all, for your article. It was informative and a very good read. Thank you, also, for any information or help you can provide.


    Ursula Binggeli

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