American Physical Society

Kate McAlpine - Freelance Writer

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Job Info

Position Type:

Job skills:
Knowledge of physics principles

Kate McAlpine's Job:
"I'm a freelance writer and sometimes rapper,  specializing in Physics." says Kate.  "As a science communicator,  my job is to explain research.  Sometimes it's documenting the progress of a long-term project,  like my current work with the ATLAS e-News,  for the ATLAS experiment on CERN's Large Hadron Collider.  Somtimes it's reporting about a recent advance,  as in the articles for New Scientist magazine."

On her work surrounding the Large Hadron Collider,  Kate says,  "I often found myself in a position to defend scientific research and explain its value.  Other times,  I needed to explain how scientists know that the most powerful particle accelerator ever constructed is not going to bring about the end of the world."

Listen to Kate's LHC Rap at:

Career Facts

Employer Type:
Government Agency/Laboratory

Current Location:
Lowell, MI

Physics Degree:

Educational Information

BS - Physics,  Michigan State University

More about Kate McAlpine

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Kate McAlpine


Kate received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University,   where she was studying both Physics and Writing.  "I planned the science communicator part while still in college,  but I didn't plan rap as an aspect of my career, " says Kate.

Kate is planning on finishing a Nuclear Physics rap soon,  and is also working on a rap about black holes.