Eric Hamilton, from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), has been awarded the 2015 ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship. He will spend 10 weeks this summer training as a science journalist at the Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Eric is a PhD candidate in the Plant and Microbial Biosciences program at WUSTL, where he researches plant mechanosensation in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Haswell, particularly the role mechanosensitive ion channels play in pollen’s response to stress. He received a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, where he was drawn to the plant world through his time with the university’s produce program at its farm.
In graduate school, Eric has focused on bringing the plant science and urban gardening communities together through garden events and presentations on the biology behind domestication, gardening, and home brewing. He is also an assistant organizer for the Science on Tap monthly science café series at a local brewery, which discusses WUSTL research with the public. His research is supported by the Monsanto Excellence Fund Fellowship.
Eric plans to pursue a career in science communication after graduating and is thrilled to have this opportunity to hone his skills in this field through the ASPB/AAAS Fellowship. He thanks ASPB for the support and is eager to report back after a summer of science reporting.