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After working as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow for ABC News, Monya fled broadcast journalism for a high school classroom, where she taught biology, chemistry and math before venturing into print journalism at the Acumen Journal of Life Sciences. As synopses editor at MIT's Technology Review, Monya solicited input from scientists and venture capitalists to select the most promising emerging research. She has written for The Economist, New Scientist, The Scientist, Wired and other publications. Monya has a BA in biology from Carleton College and an EdM from Harvard University. Based in San Francisco, she works as a writer and editor for Nature Publishing Group.

3 responses to “Replace assertions with evidence”

  1. Claudia

    Great post with perfect examples! Thanks Monya!

  2. Seth Z

    The time-tested writer’s maxim of “show, don’t tell,” skillfully applied to science writing. Nicely done!

  3. Rachel H

    I’m just about to go over a first draft in a general sort of way. This will make a great checklist for solving any boring assertions.

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