Science Communication Portfolio

Institutional writing: science magazines (selected):

Inside Salk Magazine, Winter 2020, Austin Coley: Shaping Academia for Future Scientists

Inside Salk Magazine, Winter 2020, Gerald Pao: Pushing the Limits in Science and in Life

Inside Salk Magazine, Summer 2020, What Worms Can Teach Us

Inside Salk Magazine, Summer 2020, Nex Gen Sequencing

Inside Salk Magazine, Summer 2020, Decoding Dexterity 

Inside Salk Magazine, Winter 2019, Learning from Lagoons

Inside Salk Magazine, Winter 2019, Uncovering the Mysteries of Depression

Inside Salk Magazine, Winter 2019, From Tagging Sharks to Tackling Tumors 

Inside Salk Magazine, Spring 2019, Lillian Eichner: Reading the Clues to Fight Cancer

Brigham Clinical and Research News, Fall 2018, Anna Krichevsky: Master of microRNA

Brigham Clinical and Research News, Fall 2018, Unravelling the Mysteries of Sex Differences and the Brain

Brigham Clinical and Research News, Fall 2018, Khalid Shaw: Cultivating Ideas to Treat Brain Tumors


Institutional writing: science press releases (Selected):

Keeping Innocent People Out of Jail Using the Science of Perception

How Targeting Killer T Cells in the Lungs Could Lead to Immunity Against Respiratory Viruses

Mysterious Tuft Cells Found to Play a Role in Pancreatitis

Eat Less, Live Longer

The First Roadmap for Ovarian Aging 

Clinical Study Finds Eating Within A 10-Hour Window May Help Stave Off Diabetes, Heart Disease

Brain Biomarker Predicts Compulsive Drinking

Discovery of How Colorectal Cancer Drug Works Will Help More Patients

How Emotion Affects Action


Institutional writing: announcements (selected):

Award-Winning Cancer Researcher to Join Salk Faculty

Salk’s Uri Manor to Receive Over $690,000 from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Advance Biological Imaging

Five Salk Professors Named Among Most Highly Cited Researchers in the World

Bezos Earth Fund Donates $30 Million to Salk Institute for Innovative Climate Change Research

Longtime Salk Professor David Schubert Passes at the Age of 77

The Salk Institute Welcomes Top Scientists in Cancer Biology and Biophysics


Science Blogs (selected):

Massive Science, This see-through worm offers new insights into the gut-brain axis

Massive Science, Could we develop plants to absorb our excess carbon?

Massive Science, Salk Scientists show that when you eat may be as important as what you eat

Massive Science, Healthy and cancerous pancreatic cells fit together in a dangerous puzzle

Seeking Science Blog, Breaking it down: when protein metabolism goes wrong

MIT Blog, Yoga And Your Brain – How The Two Work Together

NeuWrite San Diego, The Neuroscience of the Breath



Triathlete Magazine, TRISPO: From Mysterious Illness to Gold Medal

Regular Contributor to Yoga Research & Beyond


Scientific publications

Fair, B., Althoff, R., and Garavan, H.  2018 Structural Brain Correlates of Personality Traits and Sex Differences.” Published in ProQuest.

Fair, B., Mellon, S.H, Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Révész, D., Verhoeven, J., Penninx, B.W., Reus, V., Rosser, R., Hough, C.H., Mahan, L., Burke, H., Blackburn, E.H., and Wolkowitz, O.M. 2017 “Telomere Length is Inversely Correlated with Urinary Stress Hormone Levels in Healthy Controls but not in Un-medicated Depressed Individuals- Preliminary Findings. Journal of Pychosomatic Research. 

Fair, B and Keeley, B. 2011“The Evolution of Emotion: Can Feeling be a Rational Decision Maker.” Senior thesis in Philosophy. Pomona and Pitzer Philosophy Departments, Claremont, CA.

Fair, B and McFarlane, D.  2010. “Invasive Small Mammal Species in the Ranomafana National Park, Centre ValBio Research Station, Ranomafana, Madagascar.” Senior thesis in Animal Ecology. Keck Science Center, Claremont, CA.

Schwartz, J., Hopkins, M.E., Hopkins, S.L. 2016. “Group Prerelease Training Yields Positive Rehabilitation Outcomes Among Juvenile Mantled Howlers (Alouatta palliate).” International Journal of Primatology; pp 1-21. Collected data and mentioned in the acknowledgements section.

Podcast Episodes

Honorable Mention. Radio/Podcast: Podcast.  Brittany Fair, Allie Akmal, Mike Jeffs, Kristina Grifantini, “Where Cures Begin Season 2”, Salk Institute for Biological Studies. San Diego Press Club 47th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards 2020. 

Season 3

Where Cures Begin, Episode 2: Tom Albright on eyewitness recognition

Where Cures Begin, Episode 3: Nikki Lytle on why she said she’d never work on cancer 

Where Cures Begin, Episode 4: Gerald Pao on trying to make animals transparent

Where Cures Begin, Episode 6: Dmitry Lyumkis on what three-dimensional images can reveal about protein assemblies

Season 2

Where Cures Begin, Episode 1: Wolfgang Busch on plant roots and climate change

Where Cures Begin, Episode 3: Molly Matty on gaining insights into human behavior from tiny worms

Where Cures Begin, Episode 4: Joe Noel on his love of nature; coming from a family of coal miners; and whether elephant poop is good for tomatoes.

Where Cures Begin, Episode 5: Reuben Shaw on his initial discovery; what it’s like running the Salk Cancer Center; and his continual drive to study the hardest-to-treat cancers.

Where Cures Begin, Episode 6: Uri Manor on the importance of high-end microscopy; what mitochondria are doing in our cells; and how childhood hearing loss has affected his life.

Season 1

Where Cures BeginEpisode 1: Eiman Azim on the neuroscience of movement

Where Cures Begin, Episode 3: Emily Manoogian on biological clocks

Where Cures Begin, Episode 5: Nicola Allen on astrocytes

Where Cures Begin, Episode 7: Joanne Chory on harnessing the power of plants


Produced Science Videos (selected):

Animation of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19

Gene identified that will help develop plants to fight climate change

How old are your organs?

New study targets Achilles’ heel of pancreatic cancer, with promising results



Scripted Science Videos with Voiceover

Two therapeutic targets identified for deadly lung cancer

Finding a cause of neurodevelopmental disorders

Putting the Breaks on Aging



CNN International heads to Costa Rica

Brittany teamed up with CNN International to collaborate on a project involving the intersection of science and travel.  As a science communicator, her aim is to convey high quality information to the public in a friendly and approachable manner.

CNN Advertisement Features

Brittany has written a variety of advertisement features on topics such as the science of wellbeing, nature, the effects of caffeine on the brain, gastronomy and vitamin D synthesis. They can be viewed HERE.

CNN Commercials 

Brittany also appeared on-screen for a series of commercials for the campaign. The full-length (1 minute) commercial can be viewed below. The 30 second commercial can be viewed HERE and the 15 second commercial can be viewed HERE.


                      Essential Costa Rica, My Choice Naturally

1 minute commercial 


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Photo: CNN Create

The production was estimated to have reached more than 421 million homes throughout the world and was the winner of the Best Production at The International Tourism Film Festival in 2017. 



Social Media and Marketing

In addition to the advertisement features and commercials, Brittany helped create content for the CNN Create Facebook page and Instagram account to promote the campaign. Watch below to hear Brittany talk about the neuroscience of creativity, meditation and happiness.


The Neuroscience of Creativity with Brittany Fair for CNN Create


The Neuroscience of Meditation with Brittany Fair for CNN Create


Happiness with Brittany Fair for CNN Create