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I am a contributing correspondent for Science and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Science News, High Country News, Knowable, and other outlets. I also write for the American Geophysical Union magazine Eos, and the delightful science writing blog The Last Word on Nothing.

My reporting has won several awards, including the 2018 National Academies Keck Futures Initiatives Communication Award for a package of Science stories on human migration, to which I contributed a story about mental health among Yezidi refugees from Iraq, and a DC Science Writers Association Newsbrief award on how rats will forsake chocolate to save a drowning companion. (It’s not clear if these findings apply to humans.)

My research has been supported by the National Press Foundation, the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, the USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship, and the Harvard Medical School Media Fellowship.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology Studies at Brown, and a master’s degree in science writing at Johns Hopkins, I spent 2012-2016 covering neuroscience as a staff writer for Science at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

In 2016 I moved back to my hometown of Coloma in the California foothills, where my family has run the Mother Lode River Center for more than 30 years. I serve on the board of the Capital Science Communicators, a professional network that builds community and camaraderie in the Sacramento-Davis area and beyond. Please email me at emily.l.underwood@gmail.com.