My name is Mara and I’m a mommy.
Wait a minute, why does that sound like I’m admitting to alcoholism? Never mind. Anyway, I’m a mommy and I love science and medicine and I love to read and write about them. I’m also interested in issues related to parenting, so there will probably be some of that mixed in as well.
I’m married and my husband and I have two adorable children: a daughter, Yael, and a son, Barak. I’m a work-at-home mom doing editing and web content management, helping out the PTA, and occasionally writing some fiction for fun.
What qualifications do I have to write about science and medicine? No formal ones, unless you count my master’s degree in applied anthropology ::laughs:: But I’m a bit of a science/medicine geek and I try to read as much good information as I can. I’m mostly self-educated, so I’m not perfect, but thanks to a number of past jobs, I know where to find good information on just about any topic.
I’m super excited to have been finally called a pharma shill for my pro-vaccine advocacy, so I figure I should state my conflicts of interest here. I have never held a job that in any way relates to vaccines or the pharmaceutical industry. (However, if any pharmaceutical company would like to send me a check, drop me a line. My kids need a college fund!)
My husband used to, indirectly, work on vaccines for the federal government, in the sense that he ran the warehouse of a plant that created small batches of vaccines for testing. And he has worked in the past for small biotech companies that made vaccines. But since at least one of those companies went under, I’m curious where the fortunes that are apparently to be made in vaccines might be found, so my husband can find a job there.
If you’d like to reach me privately, feel free to e-mail me at mara(dot)greengrass(at)verizon(dot)net.