Selected articles, essays and op-eds

How a Self-Taught Hacker Escaped a CultGlamour, July 2016 issue. Shyama Rose, 36, is one of the country's top cybersecurity specialists. She learned to hack because she had to—it was her only escape from abuse. 

Priyanka Chopra's Secret TriumphGlamour, April 2016 issue. How the Quantico Star Is Helping Kids Go to School.

Sick and Poor in Los AngelesBlueprint magazine, Fall 2016 issue. The ravages of poverty go beyond lack of income. The poor suffer physically as well.

Cancer Fighting Machine Gets First Human Trial, Newsweek, July 21, 2015. The growth of nanotechnology is revitalizing hope in radio wave cancer cure many thought to be bunk science. 

Ballerina Michaela DePrince's Inspiring Story, Glamour, July 2015 issue: Michaela DePrince lost her family as a girl in Sierra Leone; now she's a world-class ballerina, her triumph soon to be a Hollywood movie. But her biggest goal? To inspire young girls.

Police Racism and the Search for Answers, Blueprint magazine, Spring 2015: In Ferguson, Charleston, Baltimore and beyond, the nation confronts charges of police racism. One researcher is breaking new ground.

Viola Davis' Personal StoryGlamour, March 2015 issue: A young girl grows up hungry but goes on to become an award-winning actress. Hollywood script? No, that's the real deal for Viola Davis—and the reason she's fighting to help 17 million kids just like her.

Batgirl's Psychologist, The Atlantic, Jan. 27, 2015: By applying characters' fictional psyches to real-life problems, a cosplay enthusiast turned a passion for comic books into a mental-health career.

Somersaulting into America, Zocalo Public Square/TIME, Jan. 5, 2015: As a Top Japanese Gymnast, My Dad’s Future Was Laid Out for Him. He Opted for Adventure in the U.S. Instead.

The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age, Newsweek, September 18, 2014: HIV patients are living longer, but are also aging faster than the rest of the population. 

Want to Know When You'll Die? Big Data Could Tell YouNewsweek, July 24, 2014: Everyone from police departments to insurance companies is scrambling to figure out how long you’ll live.

Gray Matter Anatomy, Newsweek, May 2, 2014: A scarcity of brains for autopsies could be holding back neuroscience.

Why College Students Are Dying to Get Into 'Death Classes,' The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2014: Thousands of college courses on dying and mortality are being held nationwide—and teaching lessons about life.

Tracking Those Who Can’t Keep Track of Themselves, Newsweek, March 5, 2014: On GPS trackers, autistic children and privacy.

The meaning of life -- in a class on death, Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2014: Op-Ed: Norma Bowe's 'Death in Perspective' course went beyond violence, morbidity and grief, opening the door to insight on one thing that every person shares.

Death is Having a Moment, The Atlantic, October 25, 2013: Fueled by social networking, the growing “ death movement” is a reaction against the sanitization of death that has persisted in American culture.

March for Survival, Sierra Magazine, September/October issue 2009: NYC Students Seek Kinship With Puerto Rico's Endangered Leatherbacks.

HURRICANE GUSTAV: PEOPLE AND PLACES, Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2008: Shrimpers Neang Pum and Sobong In fled Cambodia and survived Katrina.

The N.Y. bodega is in a corner, Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2008: Nearly 1,000 have closed, pressed by rising rents and food prices. For one shopkeeper, it's a daily struggle for survival.

Subway sketchers create an online community, Los Angeles Times, J 4, 2008: They post their drawings of fellow commuters on public websites and befriend other such artists via chat groups, blogs and Facebook pages. Ed Velandria, 45, draws portraits of subway riders in New York. Using a computer tablet and touch pen, he has only 20 minutes to sketch while he rides from his home in Brooklyn to work in Manhattan.

Sending cancer a signal, Los Angeles Times, November 2, 2007: John Kanzius, sorely weakened by leukemia treatments, drew on his life's work as a radio engineer to come up with his own battle plan.

Art wars on urban canvas, Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2007: In gentrifying areas of New York, graffiti writers do battle with street artists. It's a fight for legacy in a city where little seems permanent.

Skyline views, the projects below, Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2008: A glitzy housing complex has risen in a Brooklyn neighborhood where cigarettes often get sold singly. It's a test of coexistence.

For gays, a generation gap grows, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2007 ,Young people from the hip-hop era flock to New York's West Village, where the gay liberation movement began. They aren't accepted by all.