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New Science Writers Join Public Affairs

Two new science writers have joined the lab’s Public Affairs office. Glenn Roberts Jr. and Sarah Yang both come with years of experience at universities, news outlets, and national labs.

yangYang has been a science writer at UC Berkeley’s Office of Public Affairs for 14 years. As part of the media relations team, she covered research news from the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Resources, the School of Public Health, and more.

She has her master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before returning to UC Berkeley as a PIO, she spent time in the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Examiner. She also dabbled in the dot-com world as a staff writer for WebMD. Among her beats here at Berkeley Lab will be biosciences, biofuels and materials sciences.

Roberts has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer, and most recently served as a science communications specialist at SLAC. At SLAC he wrote extensively about scientific results and technical achievements at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) free-electron X-ray laser and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL).

glennPreviously, he served as managing editor for Inman News, a technology-focused national real estate and mortgage news service, where he oversaw news content produced by an editorial team of reporters and columnists. He’s also worked as a journalist for several daily newspapers, where he developed a specialty in science and technology writing and special projects. Roberts will focus his beat on physics, accelerators, and chemical sciences.

If you have story ideas, or papers in these areas of research that have been accepted in journals, be sure to let them know at geroberts@lbl.gov or scyang@lbl.gov.