Karen McNulty Walsh is a Principal Media & Communications Specialist in the Media & Communications Office at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her primary role is to communicate to a wide range of audiences about the research conducted at the Lab through engaging writing—in press releases, feature stories, fact sheets, brochures, and persuasive pieces in support of government relations initiatives—as well as video content and graphics produced in collaboration with others. She has a B.A. in biology from Vassar College (1986) and a M.A. in Journalism and an Advanced Certificate in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from New York University (1989). Her early career was dedicated to writing and editing science articles for children, in part to inspire a passion for science and appreciation for the value of the scientific method, and also to help young readers become informed citizens and decision makers. She served as Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, Senior Editor, and Editor of Scholastic’s Science World classroom magazine and Managing Editor and Editor of Zillions, the children’s version of Consumer Reports, earning numerous awards from the Educational Press Association and others for her writing. She joined the staff at Brookhaven Lab in 1999, and has been tackling topics ranging from the physics of high-temperature superconductors to unraveling the intricate steps of DNA replication, designing new materials for energy applications, and subatomic particle smashups ever since.