Science + Writing

About Deborah L. Illman, Ph.D.

Deborah Illman is an award-winning science writer and editor and an accomplished educator and researcher. She currently teaches courses in science writing for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington (UW). She  is a former faculty member in Technical Communication at the UW.

With a doctorate in chemistry, she served as a reporter for Chemical & Engineering News, the official news publication of the American Chemical Society.

She is Founding Editor of a regional news magazine called Northwest Science & Technology, which has chronicled developments in all fields of science, engineering, and natural history in the greater Northwest region. As a freelancer, she has authored books, articles, reports, and special communication products for a variety of general and technical audiences.

Illman's experience spans science,  science communication, and policy. Her work on issues in media coverage of science and engineering has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), among other sponsors. Illman was honored with an NSF Discovery Corps Senior Fellowship and has served as a Science, Engineering, and Diplomacy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.