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Alisa Alering named new Science Node managing editor

Writer, editor, researcher to raise awareness of science via Indiana University-based online magazine

Science Node, an online science magazine founded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and based at Indiana University, named Alisa Alering its new managing editor.

Science Node is a free online publication that explores the science enabled by high-performance computers and research networks. It covers broad categories such as big data, advanced computing, research networks, tech trends, and community building.

Meet Science Node's new managing editor
Meet Science Node's new managing editor
Alisa Alering

Since Science Node is based at IU, Alering will work on the Bloomington campus as part of the IT Communications Office, under the IU Office of the Vice President for Information Technology. She succeeds former Science Node managing editor Lance Farrell, who now works at the IU Alumni Association.

Alering is excited to begin this new chapter in her career. “From cancer research to wind power and deep learning, there’s a lot of really cool science happening, much of it thanks to high performance computing and networking tools. With Science Node, I want to raise awareness about these obscure or invisible works of science that are affecting our lives and future, but that we just don’t see most of the time,” she said. She also plans to publish more articles that feature researchers and scientists from underrepresented populations.

... I want to raise awareness about these obscure or invisible works of science that are affecting our lives and future, but that we just don’t see most of the time.

Alisa Alering, Science Node managing editor

Prior to her new post, Alering worked for about a year as a writer/editor for the magazine, penning articles on topics ranging from the science of emojis and the social life of bots to the neural food network and the computation of a spider’s web. She began her career at IU in 2001, working at the IU Libraries as a reference assistant. Next, she served as rights manager for IU Press, and then spent several years as a freelance writer, editor, and researcher.

Alering earned her undergraduate degree in English from Pennsylvania State University and her master of library science degree from Indiana University.

To subscribe to Science Node, visit https://sciencenode.org/. You can also follow the magazine on Twitter at @SciNode.