I specialize in collaborating with teams of researchers on grant proposals that range in scope from very small, with one to three researchers, to very large, with multi-investigator, multi-institution teams. As needed, I assist with proposal planning and I review guidelines from the granting agency. Once the writing begins, I edit each section for content, accuracy, readability, and grammar. I am always looking for logical flaws or inadequate explanations that I point out to the researcher for clarification. Eventually, I help to sew those small pieces together, working through as many versions as necessary, to create a compelling package with consistent style and clear presentation. If the proposal is a resubmission I dissect the previous reviewers’ comments and help the researchers to incorporate those suggestions. The proposals I have edited have been submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and other smaller organizations.
I also do substantive edits, for content and for writing, of white papers, professional manuscripts and theses for native English speaking and foreign language scientists. I have done extensive edits of textbooks, book chapters and shorter articles.
At Arizona State University, I worked with advanced students and postdoctoral scientists as a writing coach, instructing them in how to create a polished proposal, manuscript or thesis for submission.
“I have enjoyed working with you and I think you are an excellent writer and editor.” Yong-Hang Zhang, Center for Nanophotonics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University
“Now, I know why I was so impressed with your work…” Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Arizona State University; written in response to an email about my science and writing/editing background:
“He [whitepaper co-author, Mark Hayes] said that the first two pages were the smoothest he had ever seen.” Tom Taylor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Arizona State University
I want to thank you again for the outstanding work you did on our proposal "Bringing Language Into Meaning". It was a highly interdisciplinary team and your organization and focus kept the team on track. The fact that you weren’t afraid to ask hard questions, provide honest feedback, propose alternative approaches, edit out unproductive writing, and work really fast was of inestimable value. The finished product was sharp and polished. Your experience in working with large, interdisciplinary proposals really paid off in the days leading up to submission. Carolyn Forbes, Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University
Windhorst, Rogier (P.I.), School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University (ASU); PHYSICS—Physics of Hydrogen and Star-Formation in Cosmological Structure Formation; Proposal due January 2011
Conrad, Cheryl (P.I.), Department of Psychology, ASU; Isolation Stress Effects on Learning Strategies and Brain Mechanisms in Male and Female Rats; National Institutes of Health; Proposal due October 2010.
Panchanathan, Sethuraman (P.I), Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Affairs, ASU; IGERT: Person-centered Technologies and Practices for Individuals with Disabilities; National Science Foundation, Proposal due October 2010; Preproposal due March 2010; Proposal due October 2010.
Timmes, Frank (P.I.), School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU; Acquisition of a Supercomputer by the Arizona Computing Consortium; National Science Foundation, Proposal due April 2010.
Taylor, Thomas J (P.I.), Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict (Carolyn Forbes, assistant director), ASU; Bringing Meaning into Language: A Cultural Lens for Data Extraction and Analysis; National Science Foundation; Proposal due May 2009.
Bringing Meaning into Language: A Cultural Lens for Data Extraction and Analysis; proposal to the National Science Foundation, Tom Taylor (P.I.), The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, associate director Carolyn Forbes, Arizona State University, December 2008.
The Art and Craft of Scientific Exploration of the Moon; proposal to NASA; Kip Hodges (P.I.), School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University; August 2008.
Solar Power: Technological Research, Economic Impact, and Social Consequences; IGERT Preproposal, National Science Foundation; Yong-Hang Zhang (P.I.), Center for Nanophotonics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University; April 2008
Next Generational Solar Electrical Components and Systems for Space and Terrestrial Applications; Science Foundation of Arizona; Yong-Hang Zhang (P.I.), Center for Nanophotonics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University; February 2008
John Crittenden (P.I.), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering; Proposal Title: Sustainable Urban Futures 2100; Engineering Research Center, National Science Foundation; December 2007
John Crittenden (P.I.), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering; Preproposal Title: Sustainable Urban Futures 2100; Engineering Research Center, National Science Foundation; May 2007
Pierre Balthazard, School of Global Management and Leadership, Arizona State University West; Proposal Title: Sensitivity and Specificity of an EEG Normative Database of Effective Leadership: Validation and Clinical Correlation; Human and Social Dynamics Program, NSF; February 2007
Reports and Manuscripts
Weinman, B., et al., On the low-arsenic groundwater in a relic Pleistocene aquifer of the Red River delta, Vietnam; for submission to Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., AGU; 2012.
Andres, Scott et al., Hydrogeology of a Rapid Infiltration Basin System at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware; Delaware Geological Survey, 2012.
Andres, Scott et al., Groundwater Quality at a Rapid Infiltration Basin System, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware; Delaware Geological Survey, 2012.
He, Changming and Andres, Scott, Using Numerical Models to Assess a Rapid Infiltration Basin System (RIBS), Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware; Delaware Geological Survey, 2012.
Turkmen, Muserref et al., Evaluation of Wastewater Treatment Options Used in Rapid Infiltration Basin Systems (RIBS); Delaware Geological Survey, 2012.
Chao, Joseph (P.I.), Biosignatures Discovery Automation (white paper), Biodesign Institute, ASU; Piezoelectric Polymer Photonic Crystals for Color Changing Skins; Office of Naval Research, 2010
Hayes, Mark and Thomas Taylor, Molecular Hyperbiometrics (white paper), Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Arizona State University, 2009