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On August 2, I moderated a live Twitter chat with Andi Webb and Michelle Ellis, awardees of the Career Award for Math and Science Teachers (CASMT). The five-year, $175,000 award is granted by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to outstanding science and math teachers in North Carolina. For more information on the CASMT grant and to see the perspectives of awardees Webb and Ellis, see a recap of highlights of the #BWFCASMTchat below:

Yasmin Bendaas

Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer.  A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse. 

As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices.