Born in Japan, but from the age of one until I left for college, I never knew any other home but Bethesda, MD outside of Washington, D.C. I have a B.S. degree in Mathematics and French from Tufts University; an M.A. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T. It was all preparation for working and teaching in the field of Science and Technology policy, which I have done for over 30 years. I have worked for many federal science agencies (Walter Reed, NIH, NSF, National Academy of Sciences), and taught science & technology policy at Hampshire College, in Amherst, MA; Creighton University, in Omaha, NE; and JMU, where I directed the MS program in Integrated Science and Technology before retiring in 2015. My longest federal stint was with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Science and Technology, where I enjoyed some fascinating travel duty in Cairo, Egypt and Kathmandu, Nepal. I’ve even studied a bit of Russian, and now I’m embarked on a second career in the arts. I enjoy writing fiction and have taken up the violin (again) —it’s so much more fun the second time around.
I had the pleasure of being surrounded by music and theater my whole life. My father studied the violin with Gertrude Bowes Peabody at the Longy School of Music in Boston from the age of seven, his brother taught cello at the University of Minnesota, and my cousin’s daughter is Amy Schwartz Moretti, who plays violin with the Ehnes Quartet. I didn’t get my father’s perfect pitch, but I do claim to be a “World Class” music appreciator!