Writing Sample | Science in Video Games- What makes Overwatch special?

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Although I’m both a science enthusiast and a video game fan, those interests don’t often intersect. Scientist characters in video games are usually feared (or laughed at) from a distance, rather than being understandable or sympathetic. Worse, they are limited to two narrow roles:

The “Mad scientist” –  a friendly but distant and absent-minded tinkerer, whose inventions take on a life of their own or wind up as destructive rather than helpful.

The “Bad scientist”- a character who focuses entirely on their intellect and considers themselves superior to non-scientists. They can be obsessed with finishing their research or completing their next latest invention, regardless of its use or consequences. Many take utiliarianism to an extreme, seeing no problem with immoral or hurtful acts if they might achieve a greater good.

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Magazine Article | “The Key is Science”

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An article I wrote as part of the Beach Break Science magazine project.


In 1980, jazz guitarist Pat Martino needed life-saving brain surgery. Waking up from the operation, he forgot that he’d ever been a musician.

Pat had lost three-quarters of his left temporal lobe, an area used in forming memories and processing sounds. Most of his memories were gone.  But the first time he picked up a guitar, his old abilities began to return as if from nowhere. 7 years later he was a virtuoso again; his guitar skills locked into his mind so strongly that recovering them restored his identity.

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Opinion Piece | Why the Oreo advert controversy could help YouTube.

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This opinion piece was originally written in early 2015, as an assignment for a journalism course I attended.

This week, YouTube has found itself in trouble again… over Oreos™. More specifically, over what legal requirements video bloggers must follow when making promotional content.

The videos in question, commissioned by Oreo™ parent company Mondelez, feature YouTube stars challenging friends to an Oreo-eating race. I watched a video by musician Emma Blackery, and one by radio presenter duo Dan Howell and Phil Lester. Both videos opened with their host(s) discussing how they recieved an invitation email from Oreo™, and how other YouTubers were also taking part. Both presenters also prominently displayed the messages “this is a paid for advertisement”, and “thanks to Oreo for helping make this video happen!” in their video description.

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