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CYNTHIA ALLEN
709 Chesapeake Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.585.5624 tel
301.495.2329 fax
cindyallen@rcn.com

EDITORIAL CONSULTANT AND FREELANCE WRITER (1993 to Present)

  • Main areas of expertise: Biomedical science, precollege and public science education, environmental science.
  • Products: Edit and write how-to manuals, books, reports, conference summaries, science curricula, newsletter and magazine articles, brochures, fundraising proposals, and other Web and print publications for technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Clients: Include the Office of Science Education at the National Institutes of Health, Science News magazine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cold Spring Harbor National Laboratory, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the National Park Service, and the World Bank.

Projects include writing, editing, and production supervision. Working closely with authors, ensure grammatical, semantic, and logical integrity of documents and Web pages. Emphasis on complex, high-visibility materials, written under tight time constraints. Able to organize, meet deadlines, work under pressure. Have supervised production of many types of documents and have coordinated the work of others, including other writers and editors, graphic designers, printers. Negotiate editorial and production changes with project leaders, authors, production staff tactfully yet firmly and with a sense of humor.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Editor/Writer, Office of Science Education, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. January 1999 to present.
  • Editor/Final Reader, Science Magazine, Washington, D.C. September 1998 to present.
  • Editor/Writer, Office of Grants and Special Programs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Md. July 1997 to October 1999.
  • Editor, National Science Resources Center, National Academy of Sciences/Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. June 1995 to June 1997.
  • Technical Editor (substantive and line-by-line copy editing), American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Bethesda, Md. September 1987 to December 1993.
  • Technical Editor, The Journal of NIH Research, Washington, D.C., starting with the first issue (May/June 1989). March 1989 to June 1996.
  • Technical Editor, Martin Marietta Laboratories, Baltimore, Md. March 1986 to May 1987.
  • Technical Reports Analyst II (Technical Writer/Editor), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Oak Ridge, Tenn. August 1983 to February 1986.
  • Technical Writer/Editor, Northrop Service, Inc., Environmental Sciences, Research Triangle Park, N.C. August 1982 to July 1983.

AWARDS

NIH Plain Language Award, 2001, for The NIH Mini-Med School Manual: A Planning Guide and Directory; Society for Technical Communication Awards of Excellence and Merit, 1986; International Association of Business Commicators Award of Excellence, 1985.

EDUCATION

MA, Zoology, Duke University, Durham, N.C. December 1981.
Graduate courses, Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 1976, 1977.
BA, Biology Major, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. June 1975.