Writer, Media Relations Coordinator Joins INBT Staff

The Institute for NanoBioTechnology welcomes Mary Spiro as its science writer and media relations coordinator. Her duties include creating copy for the Web site, writing articles for the INBT newsletter, working with internal and external media outlets to promote INBT activities, and coordinating media relations for INBT-affiliated faculty members.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins University, Spiro was an editor in the Office of External Affairs for the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she helped edit the university’s research and scholarship publication, Maryland magazine, and the School of Pharmacy’s alumni publication, Capsule.

She has several years experience in corporate communication, including serving as public relations specialist for Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md. and as writer-editor for Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Spiro worked as a newspaper reporter for a daily paper in Manhattan, Kan. and as a radio announcer for a National Public Radio affiliated station at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has published freelance lifestyle articles in Carroll Magazine, book reviews in ForeWord Magazine, and feature articles in Kansas City’s alternative newspaper Pitch Weekly.

Originally from San Diego, Calif., Spiro grew up in Oxon Hill, Md. She was recently admitted to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs MS in Biotechnology. She earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and an additional B.S. in agronomy, also from UMCP.

Spiro is ready to assist INBT-affiliated faculty with the promotion of their research to internal (JHU) and external media outlets. Please feel free to contact her to discuss possible story ideas. She may be reached at mspiro@jhu.edu or by phone at 410-516-4802.

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