Kimberly Ma and Chad Small join the Bulletin Editorial Fellows Program

By Gayle Spinazze | October 17, 2022

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists welcomes Kimberly Ma and Chad Small to the 2022/23 class of Editorial Fellows. Ma and Small will write on biosecurity and climate change, respectively. They join second-year Fellows Lauren Sukin, who focuses on nuclear risk, and Trenton W. Ford, who covers disruptive technologies.

“As the Editorial Fellows Program evolves in its second year, we are honored to welcome Kimberly and Chad to its newest class,” said Bulletin editor-in-chief John Mecklin. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to the subjects they cover, and we are grateful to provide a platform to uplift their voices.”

Kimberly Ma is a PhD student in Biodefense at George Mason University and a senior analyst with the Preparedness division at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Previously, she was a biosecurity project lead with CRDF Global for projects funded by Department of State’s CTR Biosecurity Engagement Program and served as team lead for CRDF’s Women in Science and Security Initiative. She focuses on capacity-building in healthcare systems, risk communications, emerging biological threats due to climate change and urbanization, and advancing equity in national security workplaces. Kimberly holds a Master of Science from Georgetown University’s Biohazardous Threat Agents program and a double bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and Japanese from Dartmouth College.

Chad Small is a freelance journalist and a PhD student in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. His research interests focus on the impacts and dynamics of severe precipitation events in a changing climate. Chad’s journalist work – frequently centering on environmental justice, science policy, and potential responses to climate change – has been featured in Grist, Next City, and Gothamist. He holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale University and a MS in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the City College of New York. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @SmallThougts.

Meet the full class of 2022/23 Editorial Fellows, including second-year Fellows Lauren Sukin and Trenton W. Ford. >>

About the Editorial Fellows Program

The Bulletin’s Editorial Fellows Program is part of an organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion designed to promote a greater variety of viewpoints and lived experiences on the Bulletin’s platform. Underlying the Bulletin’s commitment is a powerful practical reality: A more diverse group of authors who write regularly for the Bulletin will improve the quality and the impact of our journalism.


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