Lateral Magazine is a collection of new voices exploring the relationship between science and society. This relationship encompasses every aspect of human life, from the details of our everyday lives to parts of the wider world we never properly consider.
By supporting and providing a platform for some of the best new and up-and-coming science writers and artists, we hope to inspire a new generation that understands how science connects to their lives and to the world as a whole.
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The Editorial Team
Our editorial team is composed of young people with backgrounds in both scientific research and communications. If you are interested in becoming an editor at Lateral, let us know.
FOUNDING EDITOR: JACK SCANLAN
Jack is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, studying the evolutionary molecular genetics of insects. An active science communicator for close to a decade, he has written for COSMOS Magazine, SBS, Australasian Science and Nature Education. His appreciation for both wasps and Björk has no limit.
DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Deborah Kane
Deborah is a postgrad editing and communications graduate from the University of Melbourne. She is also qualified in secondary teaching, with undergrad majors in English literature and religious studies. Her main area of interest is educational publishing, and she has edited for Macmillan Education and Cambridge University Press, interned at Wiley Education and edited PhD theses. She is passionate about using the power of education to make the world a happier place.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: TESSA EVANS
Tessa is primarily a chemist who misses tinkering in the lab. While she spent 2016 driving around Australia teaching forensic science to high school students, she now works as a media coordinator at the New Zealand Science Media Centre.
Business Development Manager: SARA PARADOWSKI
Sara is currently employed at La Trobe University as the Senior Human Ethics Officer and spends a lot of her time helping students and academics with their human research ethics applications. She completed her undergraduate degree in Anatomical Sciences at the University of Manchester in the UK. She is an avid fiction reader and even named her dog David Mitchell, after the author.
ART DIRECTOR: DR NICKI CRANNA
Nicki is a recent PhD graduate from the University of Melbourne where she specialised in cancer genetics and cell biology. She quickly developed a passion for the beauty of science and has been using it as a way to communicate science to a broad audience ever since. You will find her organising science-based art exhibitions around Melbourne, or spreading the scientific love at artists' markets with her under-the-microscope jewellery enterprise, Artomic.
PHilosophy & History EDITOR: Nathan Mifsud
Nathan recently earned his PhD in cognitive neuroscience by thinking really hard about things our brains do without thinking really hard. He now teaches and does research in higher education, when not marvelling at the evolution of the eye or riding his bike.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE DEPUTY EDITOR: IVY SHIH
Ivy is a freelance science journalist who has written for Nature, The Limbic, Australian Geographic and The Conversation. In a former life, she was a virologist specialising in HIV and microscopy. Her writing is powered by videogame and film soundtracks.
ART & POPULAR CULTURE EDITOR: Cherese Sonkkila
Cherese currently researches the psychological benefits of green spaces and the effects of biodiversity on our mood. She is also a published science writer (in COSMOS, textbooks, career guides etc.), and a sometimes moonlights as a clown.
SOCIETY & EDUCATION EDITOR: ENA MUSIC
Ena is a PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology and a Canadian enjoying thawing out in beautiful Brisbane. Her current research involves creating tiny 3D cartilage tissues from adult stem cells. She believes everyone’s life is made better with a daily dose of science.
Social Media Manager and General EDITOR: Ellen Rykers
Ever since she started a dead bird collection at age five, Ellen has had an insatiable curiosity. She has applied this inquisitive nature to science writing, covering topics as diverse as swearing, space robots and sexual transitions in sharks. Ellen is based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her work has appeared in New Zealand Geographic, Australian Geographic and Global Hobo.
Lateral was made possible through the support of many individuals and organisations. We'd like to thank these people who donated generously to help get us off the ground.
Edward and Hazel Brentnall
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