Zeke Barlow

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Zeke has been telling stories all his life. First as a young kid trying to get out of doing the dishes, then as a journalist, and now as the assistant communications director for the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He still hates doing dishes but loves telling stories.




Ashley WennersHerron

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Ashley WennersHerron turned to science writing after her mother banned her from conducting science experiments in 1996, due to an unfortunate incident involving a car battery and a hammer.  Formerly the US communicator for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Ashley is now the communications manager at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.  She still wants to know what the inside of a car battery looks like.



Lindsay Key

Fralin Life Science Institute

Lindsay Key is a lover of words, animals, and all things science. She is the communications director for Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech. Previously, she served as research communications specialist for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and journalist for The Roanoke Times. She holds a B.A. in English and Communications, MFA in Creative Writing, and a master’s in natural resources.


Stephanie Parker

Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab

As a lonely only child, Stephanie has been making up stories for as long as she can remember.  Eventually, she started putting those stories down on paper and computer and developed a love of writing.  Now as the communications coordinator for the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab, part of Virginia Tech’s Office of International Research, Education, and Development, Stephanie spends her time writing about tackling agricultural pests and disease problems in far-off places like Nepal and Cambodia.  However, all the stories she tells in her current position are true.





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