Kerry L. Evans, Ph.D., ELS, Associate Director of Research and Science Communication
Kerry earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she studied bacterial stress responses. She has published original research and worked as a freelance science writer and manuscript editor. Kerry is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).
Bettie Cook, CRA, Senior Research Administrator
Bettie provides investigators support with developing budgets, completing requisite forms, and submitting grants. With more than 29 years of experience in providing grant management support and budget development to UAMS investigators and faculty, she has a broad base of experience with grants management in both preaward and postaward periods. Bettie has helped groups plan, budget, organize, and submit complex grant applications, including program projects, COBREs, and government contracts. She also develops budgets and is an expert in submission requirements and guidelines for NIH and other sponsors. In addition to working with the Science Communication Group, Bettie has worked in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the College of Medicine, and she has served numerous roles on the UAMS Grants Management Program Committee.
Science Communication Group Editors
Science Communication Group science editors are
- Grounded in biological sciences, social sciences, and medical writing
- Experienced in research project and consortium development
- Skilled in grantsmanship, document organization, and document design and formatting
Peggy Brenner, Ph.D., ELS, Editor
Peggy has nearly 20 years of experience in scientific writing and editing. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Davis, and she also taught and conducted research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Peggy has written her own funded grant applications, as well as abstracts, manuscripts, and slide presentations. As an editor, she is skilled in a broad range of areas, including substantively editing research proposals, manuscripts, brochures, and reports, as well as organizing and preparing figures. Peggy is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) and is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.
Emily L. Hunter, Ph.D., Editor
Emily holds a doctorate in the biological and biomedical sciences from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She performed postdoctoral studies in genetics and biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as a scientific editor. Emily has taught several scientific communication workshops on drafting manuscripts, developing specific aims, and giving presentations. She has experience writing and revising abstracts, research proposals, and manuscripts. She also has generated and edited scientific figures, graphics, and slide decks. Emily is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and is pursuing board certification as an Editor in the Life Sciences.
Meredith Joheim, M.S., ELS, Editor
Meredith has almost six years of experience as a science writer and editor. She earned a master’s degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her background includes writing abstracts, study reports, SOPs, and training manuals. With an additional 10 years of experience working in the science field, she has conducted research, managed laboratory operations for preclinical and clinical trials, and created a hands-on-science curriculum for elementary and middle school students. Meredith is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).
Eric Rathman, M.S., ELS, Editor
Eric has over 20 years of experience as a science writer and editor. He holds a master’s degree in biology from The State University of New York at Fredonia. Before joining the Science Communication Group in 2018, he worked on writing and editing Toxicity and Carcinogenicity reports for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ National Toxicology Program. Eric has also worked in data management in support of pharmaceutical clinical trials and has taught at the college level. Eric is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).