Laura Stephenson Carter
Science writer Laura Stephenson Carter is the Editor-in-Chief of the NIH Catalyst at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She was the assistant director of publications at Dartmouth Medical School (Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire) and associate editor of Dartmouth Medicine magazine from November 1999 to January 2009. She also created (in 2005) and oversaw Dartmouth Medicine’s editorial internship program.
From 1995 to 1999, she was a public affairs coordinator and legislative specialist for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, New Hampshire), and also contributed occasional articles to Dartmouth Medicine as a freelancer — most significantly a cover feature about a member of the Dartmouth Medical School faculty who flew on the space shuttle Columbia.
Before moving from New Jersey to Vermont in 1994, she wrote articles for Natural History magazine and other publications; was a contributing editor to an engineering magazine; wrote chapters in scientific textbooks; edited a science newsletter for the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station (Rensselaerville, New York); and authored a children’s book on plastics recycling—How on Earth Do We Recycle Plastic?
Although Laura has been a writer for as long as she can remember—crafting stories and creating comic books as a child and writing for her high school and college newspapers—she only began her science journalism career in the early 1990s. Before that, she directed the activities of a New Jersey advocacy group that lobbied for changes in public policy affecting families; was a membership development consultant for a national women’s organization; and worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Laura was, until recently, on the Huyck Preserve board of directors. She has also served on the board of directors of the Central Vermont-New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the Red Cross; was a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team; was once a Girl Scout leader; and has been a member of other boards, including the New England Society for Healthcare Communications, a homeless shelter in New Jersey, and the School for Field Studies (Beverly, Massachusetts).
Laura holds a B.A. in psychology and biology from Upsala College (once located in East Orange, New Jersey, but now closed), and an M.A. in science journalism from New York University. She has won national awards for her work, including for her cover feature in Dartmouth Medicine —“Puzzling Over Medical Mysteries,” which provides an inside look at a little-known aspect of medical practice, the Morbidity and Mortality Conference.
Laura is working on a history of the E.N. Huyck Preserve and is writing bits of the story a few blogs at a time. Some of the blogs are not directly related to the Huyck Preserve but describe interesting natural-history tidbits that she hopes people will enjoy.