Writing

I’ve been writing in various forms for almost two decades. Here are a few examples of my work.

You can also read about how I got started as a science writer at The Xylom, my contributions to the Fancy Comma, LLC blog, and the essays I’ve published in The Prompt Magazine.

Find more of my work on MuckRack. If you’re interested in my scientific work, you can find them on my Google Scholar page.

Books

How to Get Started in Freelance Science Writing, published March 23, 2021.

Editor of The Young Leader’s Guide to Internships, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Washington, DC, and Beyond, by Steeve Simbert, published August 5, 2018.

First-Author Peer-Reviewed Works

Azma, S. (2013). Poverty and the Developing Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging. Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy, 4(1): G40-46. [abstract] [pdf]

Azma, S. (2002). Poem-painter: E. E. Cummings’ Artistic Mastery of Words. Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society, (11): 79-88. [pdf]

Articles

Communicating Science Effectively:

For Effective Science Advocacy, Focus on Shared Values, and Speak Up Often, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog, April 22, 2021.

How to Lecture about Science Communication, with Nidhi Parekh, Science Talk Blog, May 13, 2021.

Practical Science Communication Exercises for the Classroom, with Nidhi Parekh, Science Talk Blog, June 3, 2021.

Do’s and Don’ts for Developing Classroom SciComm Exercises, with Nidhi Parekh, Science Talk Blog, June 10, 2021.

Science and Technology:

Does Brain Training Really Work?, The Motley Fool, November 25, 2013

Scientists Push Back Against Retracted Nature Communications Study on Women PIs, The Xylom, January 22, 2021.

Women in STEM: Interview with Sepideh Nasiri of Women Of MENA In Technology, Persianesque, February 11, 2021.

3 Ways to Get More Life out of Your Smartphone or Android Battery, The Kim Komando Show, November 21, 2020.

COVID-19 Impacts:

COVID-19: A Force Multiplier for Poverty and Homelessness?, The Xylom, 2020.

Arts and Culture:

Rostam’s Changephobia — The Sound of Heroic Optimism, The Arts Fuse, June 5, 2021.

Arts Remembrance: Jeff Breeze, Host of WMBR’s “Pipeline”, The Arts Fuse, March 22, 2021.

Rap Review: M.I.A. — Her “AIM” is Still True, The Arts Fuse, March 15, 2021.

Persian New Year 2021: Noruz 1400, Persianesque, March 1, 2021.

Sony’s State of Play Focuses on Games, Not Hardware, LifeWire, August 7, 2020.

Personal Essay:

Science Writing Was Worth It. It Just Took Longer Than I Thought., The Xylom, December 26, 2020.