Who we are

Meet the team

The SPLASH! editorial team is made up of a team of scientists and journalists with backgrounds ranging from milk science and lactation to English.  

Principal Investigator
Carl Whithaus, Ph.D. 
Professor, University Writing Program 
University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Dr. Carl Whithaus joined the SPLASH! milk science update team in 2012 as Principal Investigator. He is a Professor of writing and rhetoric and Director of the University Writing Program at the UC Davis. His research areas include the impact of information technology on literacy practices, writing assessment, and writing in the sciences and engineering. His three books include Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), Writing Across Distances and Disciplines: Research and Pedagogy in Distributed Learning(Routledge, 2008) and Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and High-Stakes Testing (Erlbaum, 2005). His current research projects include: integrating emerging writing technologies into the language arts curriculum (K-12), examining the relationships among claims and evidence in the writing of professional biologists and environmental scientists, and exploring potential modifications to microblogs to leverage knowledge produced “swarming” content/users. Dr. Whithaus earned his Ph.D. at the City University of New York (CUNY); he has taught at Stevens Institute of Technology, Old Dominion University, and UC Davis.

Executive Editor 
Danielle Lemay, Ph.D. 
Research Scientist, USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center 
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition 
Faculty, Genome Center
University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Dr. Danielle Lemay is the founder and Executive Editor of SPLASH! milk science update for which she has selected and reviewed over 350 lay articles on milk science. She also joined the IMGC Scientific Advisory Committee in 2007. Dr. Lemay is a Research Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California. She is also an Associate Adjunct Professor with the Department of Nutrition and faculty member of the Genome Center at UC Davis. Lemay’s research program was previously focused on the genetics of milk production, mammary biology, and milk-oriented microbes.  In her lab at the USDA, she is studying the effect of diet on gut microbes and gastrointestinal health. She has a Ph.D. and M.S. in nutritional biology from UC Davis, and a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science from MIT. Her bibliography is publicly available here.

Managing Editor 
Katie Rodger, Ph.D. 
Lecturer, University Writing Program 
University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Dr. Katie Rodger joined the SPLASH! milk science update team in 2017 as Managing Editor. She is a lecturer at UC Davis where she has been teaching at since 2002, joining professional science writing and science journalism in the University Writing Program in spring 2011.  For more than ten years, Dr. Rodger researched the life and work of marine ecologist, Ed Ricketts, the model for John Steinbeck’s “Doc” in Cannery Row. She published two volumes, a critical edition of Ricketts’s letters (U. Alabama P, 2002) and his collected essays (U. California P, 2006). She is often invited to speak about Ricketts’s legacy as an ecologist, and has been interviewed on NPR and BBC Radio. Rodger holds a Ph.D. from UC Davis, an M.A. from San José State University, and a B.A. from UC San Diego, all in English. Dr. Rodger has served as the Professional Development Chair for CapSciComm, a regional professional networking group of science communicators. She is an advisory board member for the Western Flyer Foundation.

Content Strategist & Editorial Assistant 
Cora Morgan 
Freelance Science Writer

Ms. Cora Morgan has been editing SPLASH! milk science update since 2013. She has a B.A. in bacteriology and earned her M.S. in nutrition at UC Davis. Morgan is a coauthor—writing as C.J. Dillard—of over 50 scientific peer-reviewed publications. She has edited hundreds of scientific manuscripts and other documents in collaboration with world-renown researchers. Her scientific interests are nutrition, especially keeping up with news of current milk research by daily reviewing biotechnology and biomedical news websites. She also enjoys caring for her mountain property and home, reading, and staying in contact with friends met through science activities over the years.

Associate Editor 
Lauren Milligan Newmark, Ph.D. 
Freelance Science Writer

Dr. Lauren Milligan Newmark has been writing for SPLASH! milk science update since 2013. she received her B.S. in anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her research publications focus on human and nonhuman primate milk composition. She has taught courses on human evolution, primatology, human variation, and evolutionary medicine at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. Currently, she works as a science writer and part-time community college instructor in San Diego, CA.

Associate Editor 
Anna Petherick, Ph.D. 
Investigative Journalist

Anna Petherick has been has been writing for SPLASH! milk science update since 2012. She received her B.A. in natural sciences and M.A. in comparative government from Cambridge University. She received her Ph.D. in politics at Oxford University. Ms. Petherick took up the position of science and technology correspondent at The Economist and achieved a rare thing: an exceedingly nerdy, worldwide, biological sciences cover story—that didn’t involve HIV, or sex, and only a very tiny bit of cancer (it was about RNA). She then moved to Nature magazine where she worked as a section editor, and then back to The Economist as the publication’s Argentina correspondent. Today, Ms. Petherick still writes occasional articles for Nature journals, and newspapers, but her main job is as a researcher and lecturer in public policy at Oxford University. Opinions expressed in her work for SPLASH! do not represent the views of Oxford University. Her website can be found here.

Associate Editor 
Sandeep Ravindran, Ph.D. 
Freelance Science Writer

Dr. Sandeep Ravindran has been writing for SPLASH!milk science update since 2015. He is a freelance science writer based in the Washington, DC area. Ravindran received his B.S. in biology from Cornell University, and completed a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University. After receiving a graduate degree in science communication from UC Santa Cruz, he worked as a science writer for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He currently works as a freelance science writer covering the life sciences and technology, and has written for a variety of publications including Nature, The Scientist, Wired, Smithsonian, and National Geographic News. His website can be found here.

Associate Editor
Marina Wang
Freelance Science Writer


Marina Wang has been writing for the SPLASH! milk science update since 2021. She is a freelance journalist based in Victoria, British Columbia, and she covers science and all things weird and wonderful. She received her BSc. in zoology from the University of British Columbia and her master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. She has previously worked as the Communications Specialist at Canadian Science Publishing and was the 2021 Editorial Fellow at Hakai Magazine. Her previous work has appeared in publications such as The AtlanticSmithsonianHakai MagazineScience, CBC,  Atlas Obscura, and Canadian Geographic, among others. Her work can be perused at her website here

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