• Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2012-2019
    Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2007-2010
    Master of Journalism
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1998-2002
    B.Sc. in Physics, with a concentration in Science Writing,
    Minor in Creative Writing

Awards and Honors

  • Cognitive Science Graduate Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • CIHR Health Research Communications Award, 2008-2009
  • Ryerson Graduate Award, 2007-2008
  • Todd Anderson Experimental Studies Group Teaching Award, 2002
  • Peter and Sharon Fiekowsky ESG Community Award, 2001


Python, R, Matlab, MongoDB, NLTK, PyTorch, Pandas, iPython (Jupyter), Scikit-Learn, Scipy, Numpy

Refereed Publications and Conference Presentations

Unrefereed Presentations, Posters, and Panels

  • Birnbaum, L., M. L. Boon, S. Bradley, and J. Wilson. “A Preview of the News Context Project.” 2015 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems.
  • Boon, M. L. “The Essence of Online Science Journalism.” Canadian Science Writers' Association’s Annual Conference. (June 5-8, 2010).
  • Boon, M. L. “Communicating Virtual Science.” SuperComputing 2009. (November 14- 20, 2009). Invited panelist.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant: An Intro to Computer Science for Everyone, Fall 2014, 2018
    Ran several one-hour sections each week. Collaborated in brainstorming interactive activities for each week. Responsible for grading students.
  • Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Semantic Information Processing, Winter 2014, 2015, 2019
    Responsible for several lectures, one out-of-class tutorial, office hours, formalized design of assignments, development of grading rubrics, and grading.
  • High School Teacher: Hebrew Academy of San Francisco, January-November 2004
    Taught algebra, physics, and chemistry. Responsible for curriculum design, lesson plans, test and homework design, and grading.
  • Undergraduate Instructor and Mentor: Experimental Study Group, MIT, 1999-2002
    Teaching assistant and later instructor for freshman physics classes. Designed and co-taught a creative writing seminar. Provided tutoring at weekly study sessions. Mentored first and second year students.

Work Experience

  • Online Editor, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, July 2009-June 2012.
    Worked as part of an international collaboration to produce a weekly online publication about scientific computing. Duties included content curation, editing, writing, reporting, and promoting the publication. Served as editorial project lead for a website redesign and migration to a Drupal-based system. Beginning in July 2011, also serving as head of communications for the Open Science Grid. Responsible for both internal and external communications.
  • Freelance Writer and Editor, June 2002-July 2009.
    Research, writing, and editing for magazines, websites, blogs, and books, including Discover, Technology Review, Gizmodo, Digital Hub, The Toronto Star, and
  • Editorial Intern, BBC Focus Magazine, April-May 2008
    Researching and writing content for the website, magazine, and podcast.
  • Online Editor, Canadian Office Products Association, 2005-2007.
    Researched, wrote, edited, and oversaw editorial direction including story conception and execution for weekly newsletter.
  • Editorial Products Intern, WIRED Magazine, July-December 2003.
    Filtered slushpile of press releases and freelance pitches. Conceived, pitched, and wrote stories. Found, requested, tested, and reviewed products for the weekly Gadget Lab e-newsletter. Interacted with public relations and marketing professionals on a daily basis.
  • Editorial Intern, Palo Alto Weekly, March-May 2003.
    Wrote obituaries, police log, building permits, and one or more article weekly.
  • Communications Intern, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, June-October 2002 Science writing at a wide range of reading levels for a variety of publications about SLAC events and research.
  • Editorial Intern, Technology Review, February-June 2002
    Research, writing, and fact-checking about technology and community events.