Senior Research Writer
News and Media Relations
A’ndrea is the senior science writer in Research Communications and has been at the University for more than 26 years. She writes news about earth and mineral sciences, engineering, materials, anthropology, and the physical sciences for the general public. She edits stories from other science writers in Research Communications and other parts of the University. Messer oversees external distribution of research news stories and fields media requests.
She has a B.A. in science and culture (chemistry) from Purdue University; an M.S. in journalism: science communication from Boston University; and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Penn State in anthropology (archaeology). At various times before coming to Penn State, she was a reporter, technical writer, journal editor, and science writer for an engineering society. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.