Monica Young is Sky & Telescope's Web Editor. She joined the staff in 2012 after a brief stint as an editorial intern.
Science and writing have always gone hand in hand for Monica. At the University of Pittsburgh, she complemented her Physics & Astronomy course load with a second major in Journalism. She went on to complete her Ph.D. thesis at Boston University, where she studied how quasars — the supermassive black holes lurking in distant galaxies — accumulate matter. She conducted part of her research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and graduated from Boston University in 2010 before taking a postdoc at The Pennsylvania State University.
Meanwhile, Monica spent her free time writing for the Association for Women in Science magazine and her own blog, Stars and Spice: The Moving Universe, and later for Penn State's media relations and various other media outlets. Soon, what started as a hobby became her reason for getting up in the morning. So when the opportunity at Sky & Telescope arose, Monica was delighted to join the team.
As S&T's Web Editor, Monica creates, manages, and updates website content, which includes writing and editing articles on the latest news in astronomy science and technology. She also writes and edits articles for the print magazine, manages app production, corresponds with readers, and creates free e-books, among many other things.