The MacGuffin


Lauren I. Rugani

Science Journalist








  • Microsoft Office
  • InDesign
  • PageMaker
  • Quark
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Premiere
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • Dreamweaver
  • Basic HTML, CSS
  • WordPress
  • Facebook, Twitter


CERN         Science Writer for US LHC Communications                    Geneva, Switzerland          February 2011 – August 2011

  • Developed text about anticipated discoveries at the LHC for USLHC website
  • Reported and wrote original articles covering the latest scientific and technological advancements at CERN
  • Updated and maintained USLHC website, Twitter and Facebook accounts
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory          Science Writer                    Menlo Park, Calif.          May 2010 – February 2011

  • Reported and wrote original articles for internal newsletter, external website, symmetry magazine and symmetry breaking blog; photography as necessary
  • Assisted staff videographer with conceptualization and pre-production
  • Assisted with event planning and coordination; event photography as assigned
  • Led public laboratory tours
Freelance Science Writer               January 2009 – present
  • Original reporting and writing
  • Research
  • Copy editing
  • Brochure text and design
Technology Review          Editorial Intern                    Cambridge, Mass.          June 2008 – August 2008
  • Brought 2000-3000 unique viewers to daily with articles covering the latest technology news, including comment from industry and academic experts
  • Researched and pitched story ideas at daily and weekly editorial meetings for the website and print magazine; managed several ongoing assignments under daily and weekly deadlines
  • Uploaded content onto using HTML and CMS

Laurin Publishing Company          Contributing Editor                    Pittsfield, Mass.          September 2006 – September 2007

  • Reported breaking business and research news in monthly trade publications Photonics Spectra and Biophotonics International for industry and end-user audiences in North America, Europe and Asia
                                                                      Editorial Intern                                                                   May 2006 – August 2006
  • Corresponded with leading researchers worldwide and wrote articles under deadline for Photonics Spectra, Biophotonics International and EuroPhotonics. Assignments included business briefs, research news, and features
  • Edited manuscript submissions for grammar, style and content that enabled industry professionals to showcase their research on a global scale
  • Implemented editorial and design corrections using QuarkXPress


Boston University          Tutor                   Boston, Mass.          January 2008 – May 2008

  • Conducted individual and group tutor sessions for Boston University undergraduate student athletes in Physics and Math

Graduate Teaching Assistant            September 2007 – December 2008

  • Prepared course materials for undergraduate History and Principles of Journalism class; graded midterm and final exams; met with students outside lecture to review material
  • Performed various administrative duties as needed

Syracuse University          Undergraduate Teaching Assistant                    Syracuse, N.Y.          September 2005 – December 2006

  • Conducted multiple weekly sessions for undergraduate Physics I and II courses where students completed course and lab work, homework and test preparation

The Dance Center          Assistant Teacher                    Chicopee, Mass.          September 2001 – June 2003

  • Co-taught beginner tap classes for ages 4-6 and 7-10


Boston University          Master of Science in Science and Medical Journalism                Boston, Mass.          September 2007 – December 2008

Syracuse University      Bachelor of Science in Physics; minor in Public Communications     Syracuse, N.Y.     September 2003 – May 2007


2009 National Association of Science Writers Freelance Travel Fellowship

2008 Merck Science Journalism Student Scholarship


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