Kitta MacPherson Lucas is an award-winning science writer and an expert in strategic communications. A professional writer, she has worked in daily newspapers and, most recently, as director of communications at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). In addition to teaching at Rutgers University, she currently writes about research for the “Life of the Mind” section of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Before becoming a writer and science communicator at Princeton University, she enjoyed a career in daily newspaper journalism, most of it at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., where she reported on numerous breakthroughs in science, examined the research behind scientific controversies, and explored revolutionary advances in treatments for AIDS, cancer and addiction. MacPherson has won recognition for her work from the National Association of Science Writers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the New Jersey Press Association. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University.