Portfolio – Genevieve Wanucha, Science Writer

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websiteflyergw2Science Writer for the University of Washington’s Memory and Brain Wellness Center (website) in Seattle, Washington, covering the clinical and community outreach efforts of the memory clinic and the research in the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the UW Pacific Northwest Udall Center for Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease. All news and features here.

 

img_4660-copy“Recollections of Presence.” Creative Aging, the Frye Art Museum, 2016.

A creative non-fiction essay, published as the content of a booklet by the Frye Art Museum, on the value of artistic experiences for people living with Alzheimer disease and other conditions that lead to cognitive impairment.

Anecdotes of moments in front of artwork, such as Cris Bruch’s sculptures, provide a real life view into the power of art to spur communication and meaning that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

Email me at genevieve.wanucha[at]gmail.com if you’d like a copy in the mail. The booklet will be available for a small price online, soon.

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A 4-min video on an community action project led by people with memory loss #Alzheimers, made for the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, 2016

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Working on Centrifuge with Director Lenore Bensinger and playwright Pamela Hobart Carson

In summer 2016, I participated in Centrifuge, a science and theater experiment, in which I helped create and produce a short play about dementia, written in 48 hours by Pamela Hobart Carter, ‘A Few Things Remain.’ Play will be re-performed in 2017 in Puget Sound area.  Details TBA

Past

Staff Writer, Frontotemporal Disorders Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital. I had only a short time here working with FTD and Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Brad Dickerson and caregiver advocate Katie Brandt before moving to Seattle, but I wrote the feature article of the first newsletter of the unit: “From Care to Cure” Volume 1, Issue 1 Fall 2014, NEWS FROM THE MGH FRONTOTEMPORAL DISORDERS UNIT

Science Writer, Oceans at MIT. See all my news and feature stories for this online publication here. Or view most of them on MIT News, here. And for the MIT Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate here.

Freelance for MIT LIDS: The magazine of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, for the 2011 and 2013 editions.

MIT Technology Review, February 22, 2011: A Mind of Her Own: As an early crusader for social change, Katharine Dexter McCormick, Class of 1904, opened new opportunities for women at MIT and beyond.

Emotion’s Alchemy: New insights into the science of emotion unravel the seeming neurological magic that turns emotions into social expressions. SEED Magazine, 2010.

Freelance – Science writing, scientific manuscript editing, interning at the NPR Science Desk, and working as a production archival assistant for the History Channel’s Tougher in Alaska and Sarah Colt Productions. It all started with a 2007 internship at Boston’s Carousel Films, working on Linda Garmon’s extraordinary documentary for PBS, The Truth About Cancer (you can watch it online)

Education

MIT, Graduate Program in Science Writing, MS, 2009. Thesis: The Science of Laughing and Crying (PDF)

Bard College, Cultural Anthropology, BS, 2007

Interests

I’m a lead volunteer coordinator at Seattle Parks and Rec’s ‘Friday’s in the Garden,’ a gardening activity for people experiencing memory loss or any stage of dementia.

New treatment advances and philosophical perspectives on neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and FTD, that lead to dementia, especially early-onset forms. Genetics. Emotion science. Profile and biographical writing. Learning botanical art

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