Ada K. Hagan, Ph.D.

Ada K. Hagan, Ph.D.

Owner, Lead Consultant

Welcome to Alliance

Hi there & welcome to Alliance SciComm & Consulting, LLC!

I’m Dr. Ada Hagan, a microbiologist with a passion for making science accessible. I’m using my strong backgrounds in science communication and higher education to help make scientific concepts more easily understood and make the academy more inclusive to future scientists from all backgrounds.

As a first-generation PhD, I get that navigating the academy is complicated and that academic english is its own language. I also know that the process is more important than the details that you can always google and that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to writing. That’s why I focus on a writer’s strengths to personalize their process of scientific writing into one that will last a lifetime.

In addition to science writing labs, I offer manuscript and grant writing and editing, writing-related webinars, and more. I also provide pro bono services to women trainees who belong to traditionally marginalized groups.

My writing and research have been featured by BBC Radio 4, Science Careers, The Scientist, Massive Science, and the American Society for Microbiology.

Interests
  • Science Communication
  • Data Visualization
  • Equity & Inclusion
Education
  • PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, 2018

    University of Michigan

  • MS in Microbiology, 2012

    East Tennessee State University

Scientific Writing and Editing Tips



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The 'Freewrite' Method for Scientific Writing

The ‘Freewrite’ Method for Scientific Writing

Freewriting is a writing warm-up that can also be applied to the drafting process.

The 'Method' Method for Scientific Writing

The ‘Method’ Method for Scientific Writing

This writing method, the method, is better described as a writing ritual that signals when it’s time to write, whether it be a grant proposal, manuscript, or recommendation letter

Why Scientific Writing Warm Ups (and Exercise) are Essential

Why Scientific Writing Warm Ups (and Exercise) are Essential

An athlete doesn’t sit on the couch then compete with cold muscles; they do a warm up first to prepare their muscles for strenuous activity. For effective scientific writing, the brain needs a warm up, too.

Intro to Methods for Writing the First Manuscript Draft

Intro to Methods for Writing the First Manuscript Draft

This is the beginning of a blog series that will explore and describe several methods and techniques (below) for drafting your scientific manuscript.

Welcome to Wowchemy, the website builder for Hugo

Welcome to Wowchemy, the website builder for Hugo

Welcome 👋 We know that first impressions are important, so we’ve populated your new site with some initial content to help you get familiar with everything in no time.

Identify the Story to Make Your Writing Process More Effective

Identify the Story to Make Your Writing Process More Effective

To prevent disorganized writing and non-essential research, use your central message and narrative for a solid prewriting strategy.

Three Tips to Organize Thesis and Article Sources

Three Tips to Organize Thesis and Article Sources

A literature review may result in hundreds of research papers that might make it into your draft manuscript. Here are three ways to keep track of them.

Where to Start (and When to Stop) a Lit Review

Where to Start (and When to Stop) a Lit Review

When it comes to a literature review for thesis and article writing, everyone has the same questions: Where do I start and when do I stop? Today, we’ll cover some tips to help answer these questions.

Why an Outline is Necessary for Science Writing

Why an Outline is Necessary for Science Writing

The outline serves several purposes that all contribute to reducing the amount of revision your first draft will need: reducing mental load, improving organization, and getting advisor approval.

Scientific Writing is Messy. That’s Perfect.

Scientific Writing is Messy. That’s Perfect.

The scientific writing process can be summarized in five steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and finally… publication. It seems straightforward, but also… overwhelming.

Tips for Getting Writing Done in Pandemic Purgatory

Tips for Getting Writing Done in Pandemic Purgatory

At the end of January, one month before Michigan responded to the pandemic by closing non-essential services, I pulled my 3-year-old from daycare. I was (and still am) attempting to launch a business, but our back up funds had run dry and we could no longer afford childcare.

About Alliance SciComm & Consulting, LLC

Welcome!

Alliance SciComm & Consulting, LLC was founded in 2019 by Dr. Ada Hagan, a microbiologist with a passion for making science accessible. Dr. Hagan seeks to use her strong background in science communication and higher education to help make scientific concepts more easily understood and make the academy more inclusive to future scientists from all backgrounds.

Project Portfolio

Recent publications and projects.

Accreditations

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Clients

Science Writing Labs

One-on-one and Peer Feedback. For professional development in writing.

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Science Writing Labs

Available Services

Editing

Ensure clear, concise writing with developmental and line edits. Submit your draft

Presentation Feedback

Feedback for content and layout on practice talks, slides, and posters. Schedule your presentation practice and consult

Trainee Support

Pro bono editing and feedback services for eligible women, HURM trainees. Learn more here.

Science Communication

Get scientific writing professional development with one-on-one coaching. Great for trainees and ESL writers. Learn more here.

Professional Development Workshops

Writing and SciComm topics from scientific narrative to writing a review paper. Learn more here.

DEI Consulting

Inclusive research design and communication, integrating anti-racism and inclusion into your research, etc. Learn more here.

Writing & Project Portfolio

See ASCC’s full portfolio.


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4 Tips for Identifying an Employers Work Life Balance

In any career transition, it’s important to keep in mind the work-life balance that you will (or won’t) have with your potential employer. In addition to your home life, work-life balance is associated with stress levels and the quality of the relationship that you have with your boss. While some work-life factors are self-determined and can be changed during the quest for it, many are directly influenced by workplace culture and policies.

3 Strategies to Advance Your Career

An NPA Gender Summit session titled ‘Skills, Strategies, and Lessons on Postdoc Career Advancement’ was led by HERC Training and Development Director, Jessica Wise, and featured three speakers. The goals of the session, were for each attendee to think strategically about their spheres of influence and plan what their careers are going to look like, at the individual, community, and institutional levels.

Opinion: Peer Review Study Compromises Response to Gender Bias

A massive project analyzing the peer-review outcomes of 350,000 manuscripts from 145 journals found no evidence of gender bias following manuscript submission. I published a similar, though smaller-scale, study that analyzed the peer-review outcomes from 108,000 manuscript submissions to 13 ASM journals. Both projects analyzed six years’ worth of submission data but came to different conclusions.

Defining and Finding Your Mentor(s)

Mentoring relationships are particularly important for job transitions. While it’s true that advisors may also provide some of these functions, according to Dr. Beronda Montgomery, the key difference between an advisor and a mentor is the specificity of the advice for you.

Write Your Diversity Statement in Four Steps

Below are four steps that you can use to craft a diversity statement. The first three steps will guide the incorporation of three key components to a compelling statement: your background, what drives your commitment to diversity, and how you demonstrate that commitment. The final step provides resources and suggestions to refine your statement for inclusion in your job packet.

7 Tips for Improving Pay Equity

Here are seven tips to help you decide your worth on the job market and have a better chance at closing the wage gap.

A Letter to Research Mentors: How to Support Your Trainee’s Non-academic Career Development

Dear Research Mentor, I’m writing to you on behalf of your trainees (postdocs and graduate students) who aren’t interested in a “traditional” academic career; whether they know it yet or not.

Altering the Academic Ecosystem: Graduate Education Reports Propose Critical Reforms

To better understand the consensus of graduate education reforms and move forward in redefining the academic ecosystem, this blog will summarize findings of the two reports, note their strengths, and identify next steps to adapt the future of graduate education in microbiology.

Diversify Digest

Diversify Digest

A biweekly curation of the latest research on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Examining Flint: New research highlights lack of legionella public policy

Examining Flint: New research highlights lack of legionella public policy

Why did cases of Legionnaires’ disease spike when the water source was changed for Flint, Michigan? We look at the scientific investigations into the cause, and how these data may influence a case around water safety policies.

From Poisoning to Pharmacy: A Tale of Two Ergots

From Poisoning to Pharmacy: A Tale of Two Ergots

Ergotism is a form of poisoning from ingesting grains infected by Claviceps purpurea. Learn how these infected grains have both healed and killed throughout history.

How to Train Your T Cell(s): The Hidden World

How to Train Your T Cell(s): The Hidden World

The prior decades of immunological research developed an array of tools and methods to uncover how our immune system protects against invading microbes. Now, the new wave of immunologists, including Dr. Belkaid, use those tools to uncover how our immune system cooperates with members of our microbiome.

If You Give a Baby a Bath, and More Microbial Myths

If You Give a Baby a Bath, and More Microbial Myths

A followup to the “Microbial Myths” Youtube video that examines what the literature has to say about microwaving sponges, bathing newborns, and using Bunsen burners as a part of aseptic techniques at the bench.

Impact Report: #BlackInMicrobiology Week 2020

Impact Report: #BlackInMicrobiology Week 2020

An analysis of event registration and social media campaign data compiled into a report for BIMW 2020 sponsors.

Invasive Fungal Infections: A Creeping Public Health Threat

Invasive Fungal Infections: A Creeping Public Health Threat

Invasive fungal infections are collectively responsible for killing up to 1.5 million people each year, making this infection category one of the most deadly among communicable diseases, along with lower respiratory infections, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases.

Old Wives’ Tales and Garlic as an Antibiotic: Are Microbial Myths Fact or Fiction?

Old Wives’ Tales and Garlic as an Antibiotic: Are Microbial Myths Fact or Fiction?

The history of “old wives” and how they supported their communities against disease and infection plus the history and science of garlic as an anti-microbial.

Probing the Depths of Life

Probing the Depths of Life

Microbes at the bottom of the sea don’t have sugar or sunlight. Instead, they harvest their energy from the unique chemistry of hydrothermal vents.

Siderophores: A treatment target?

Siderophores: A treatment target?

Iron is essential for many bacterial pathogens to cause disease so they often use siderophores to gather it. Researchers are attempting to exploit the siderophore as a treatment option by developing sideromycins, inhibitors, and even vaccines.

Siderophores: Bacterial Swiss Army knives

Siderophores: Bacterial Swiss Army knives

Bacteria can use siderophores to increase their survival, to signal with other cells, and strike against other species.

What is Professional Development: A Three-Part Framework

Here is a suggested framework that divides professional development in higher education into three broad areas of focus: the basics of professionalism, improving current weaknesses, and planning for the future.

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