Jackie Conciatore

Creative, versatile writer & editor

About Me

I'm a dedicated, veteran wordsmith who has written for high-profile people and organizations including Dr. Jane Goodall and the National Science Foundation. I make complex subjects understandable, using a lively, reader-friendly writing style. I offer creative development of story lines and proven skills in social media.

I also provide copy editing services for a variety of clients -- nonprofits, academics, book packagers, individuals including book authors (fiction and nonfiction), and more. 

Contact me if you're looking for someone who will help you tell your story in compelling fashion and harness the power of words to help you grow your audience and achieve your goals.

For all services, I offer reasonable rates, quick turnaround, and 5% discount for first-time clients.

Seismic Risk? Research Addresses Dangers of Older Concrete Buildings in U.S.

In the heart of the worst U.S. earthquake zones, an alarming number of older, low-rise concrete buildings have not been retrofitted for earthquake safety. These two-story to five-story structures may meet the building-code standards of their day, but that day is long past. Today's building codes reflect later earthquake engineering research and incorporate structural elements that allow concrete buildings to bend and stretch a bit during an earthquake. Older designs lack those details. "There are hundreds of thousands of buildings that have not been retrofitted that ... are very dangerous," said structural engineer Reginald DesRoches, chair and professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Desert dwellers and 'bots reveal physics of movement

Physicist Daniel Goldman and his fellow researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology shed light on a relatively unexplored subject--how organisms such as sea turtles and lizards move on (or within) sand. If you've ever struggled to walk with even a modicum of grace on a soft, sandy beach, you may appreciate the question. The answers that Goldman's CRAB lab (Complex Rheology and Biomechanics Laboratory) uncovers--with the help of living animals and biologically inspired robots--deepen our understanding not only of animal survival, evolution and ecology, but also, potentially, the evolution of complex life forms on Earth. The lab's research also assists the design and engineering of robots that must traverse unstable, uneven terrain--those used in search and rescue operations at disaster sites, for example.