Claire Benjamin

| | University of Illinois

Claire Benjamin began her career as a science writer at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology where she wrote about DNA debunking war elephant myths, animal models paving the way for life-saving medical devices, and how RIPE's advancements can help feed the world. Her stories have been picked up by the Yahoo News, Wired, Smithsonian Magazine, Motherboard, and other publications. In the fall of 2015, she assumed the role of communications coordinator. Today she works to develop and implement a strategic communications plan to increase the visibility of RIPE's mission and scientific advancements.

Benjamin earned her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications, where she double majored in journalism and crop sciences, and graduated with the highest honors. Currently, she is pursuing her master's degree in advertising. She has been recognized with several communications awards, including the Marian and Barney Brody Creative Feature Article Writing Award and the University of Illinois' Award for Communications and Marketing Excellence (ACME) in Social Media. She also coordinates the communications for three other projects: Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS) and Transportation Energy Resource from Renewable Agriculture - Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform (TERRA-MEPP) and Water Efficient Sorghum Technologies (WEST).