Design Experience

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Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Knoxville, TN 37921
May 2020 – present
  • Automated clerical tasks, such as recording the number of weekly meetings, via Microsoft Flow and Matlab.
  • Maintained a database of facility publications.
  • Created graphics that appeared in journal articles, to illustrate and/or summarize complex spatial and mechanical concepts.
May 2019 – May 2020
  • Created and maintained a database of facility publications.
  • Created graphics that appeared in journal articles, to illustrate and/or summarize complex spatial and mechanical concepts.
  • Assisted in transitioning the team to SharePoint Online.

Writing Experience

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Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Knoxville, TN 37921
May 2020 – present
  • Handled data collection, recording, and data maintenance for multiple projects.
  • Tracked facility statistics such as number of publications, licenses, patents, students, researchers, and support staff.
  • Edited and submitted quarterly reports, publications, and other digital and written communications.
May 2019 – May 2020
  • Aided with editing reports, abstracts, publications, and posters.

Daily Beacon Opinion Column: Ask a Scientist

Knoxville, TN 37921
May 2018 – present
  • Edited weekly articles on a wide variety of scientific topics.
  • Managed scheduling of writers and topics for publication.
  • Communicated with team members using Slack.
  • Experience giving suggestions and criticism in a constructive manner and dealing with conflict resolution.
June 2017 – present
  • Wrote 1,000 word articles answering questions that were sent in by readers
  • Answered questions under a wide variety of topics, such as neuroscience, animal behavior, environmental science, science communication, pharmacology, and evolutionary biology.
  • Experience with deadlines: researched, drafted, edited and submitted articles within one week.
  • Worked closely with editors and handled suggestions and constructive criticism.
  • Collaborated with others using Google Docs editing.
  • Experience writing alone and with co-authors.
  • Collected reliable sources of information and cited them in-text.

Research Experience

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Laboratory of Sleep & Cognitive Neuroscience

Knoxville, TN 37921
August 2016 – July 2018
  • Performed intracranial surgeries on rats.
  • Used electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings to identify and quantify stages of wakefulness and sleep.
  • Developed a new behavioral paradigm for testing anhedonia in rats.
  • Worked with very little oversight or guidance, and managed my own time and progress.
  • Learned Matlab coding for processing, visualizing, and exporting large amounts of data.
Lead Investigator of Research Project: Identifying cellular and molecular mechanisms of the transition from non-REM to REM sleep and the mechanisms of sleep alterations in Major Depressive Disorder
March 2015 – August 2016
  • The first hire in a new lab; worked closely with supervisor to get the lab up and running.
  • Experience writing grants, protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Created & managed lab website: sleepandcognitionlab.weebly.com
  • Managed ordering the equipment, supplies, and controlled substances necessary for lab operation.
  • Worked closely with the Business Department to process orders and handle financing.
  • Managed relationships with administrators, vendors and regulating bodies.
  • Piloted and implemented the experimental procedures used in the lab, such as surgery, sleep recordings, sleep scoring, fear conditioning, novel object recognition, tissue sectioning and immunohistochemistry.
  • Performed an experiment investigating the effects of long photoperiod exposure on rat cognitive ability.

Cooper Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

Knoxville, TN 37921
May 2013 – March 2015
  • Performed behavioral paradigms using hamsters.
  • Scored, analyzed and exported data.
  • Worked on brain tissue processing.
  • Worked closely with a graduate student to coordinate running experiments and analyzing data.
Assisted in Research Project: The role of testosterone and androgen receptors in the modulation of resistance to social stress. Lead Investigator of Research Project: The effects of social status on responses to nonsocial stressors.

Infant Language & Perceptual Learning Lab

Knoxville, TN 37921
January 2013 – May 2013
  • Created and managed the lab website: infantlanguagelab.utk.edu
  • Created the lab logo and advertising materials such as pamphlets and bookmarks.
  • Performed eye-tracking experiments with infants.
  • Read and summarized literature in the field of infant language learning.
  • Managed scheduling infants and their parents for experiments.
Assisted in Research Project: 1) Auditory cues that assistant infants’ abilities to map words to objects. 2) The role of pitch contour as a distinguishing property of words in different age groups.

Education

Master of Arts

Experimental Biological Psychology
Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville
May 2019

Bachelor of Science

Neuroscience, Summa Cum Laude
Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville
December 2014

Bachelor of Arts

Psychology, Summa Cum Laude
Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville
December 2014

Skills

    Computer Organizational Time Management Writing Editing Presentation Communication Learning

Proficiencies

Coding

    HTML CSS PHP Matlab

Programs

    WordPress Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint GIMP Adobe Photoshop Inkscape Adobe Illustrator

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