Like everyone else, I had an interesting 2020. Among many other things, my wife and I welcomed our third baby to the world.
. . . And I also continued to stay busy as a freelance writer. Below are some of my favorite pieces from an eventful year.
-“What We Can Learn from Each Other,” the cover story of the Spring 2020 issue of Bridges magazine, was a delight to work on. The piece, for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work (SSW), focuses on international and internationally focused alumni of the School. Check out the whole issue here.
-And I also got to write “A Year Like No Other,” the cover story of Bridges‘ Winter 2021 issue. (Article here.) For this piece I spoke to a number of SSW alumni doing important work and doing it under unimaginably difficult circumstances.
-For the most recent issue of Pitt Nurse magazine, I was thrilled to write “Collaborating to Make Sure Nurses Look like the Community,” on the UPMC Scholars program, which seeks to provide opportunities for nursing students from underrepresented groups to attend Pitt’s School of Nursing.
-And for Pitt’s School of Computing Science, I spoke to a number of outstanding SCI students about their experiences to create a series of short profiles now up on the School’s website. As always when speaking to Pitt students, I was deeply impressed by how much they have already accomplished and by how focused and articulate they are when considering their academic interests and career ambitions. The students whose profiles appear on the SCI site are Winnie Mutunga, Van Pierce, Pat Healy, and Erin O’Rourke.
-I also had the pleasure of talking with Shan Bagby, chief dental officer of the U.S. Army (and a Pitt grad) for this story, “Oral History,” for Pitt Magazine.
-And for Pitt Med Magazine, I was honored to write this obituary of legendary radiologist Carl Fuhrman, and this “Investigations” piece on fetal immune system tissue and its possible uses.
-And last but not least, just a month or so ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Pitt alum and former NFL fullback Lousaka Polite for a profile piece in the inaugural issue of H2P, the publication of Pitt Athletics. Check out the whole issue here.
There is more that I am forgetting, and I continued to work as a ghostwriter and teacher throughout the year.
On a more administrative note, I’ve recently pared down this website to be a bit more focused. As part of that, I’m transforming this page of the site from a blog, which it once was, to a “news and updates” page. Unfortunately over the last several years it had become one of those mostly abandoned blogs, so I decided it would be better just to own up to the fact that this is a page where I’ll share recent work, rather than my sporadic responses to pop-culture detritus or oddball reactions to random events in my life.
As always, thanks for reading.