Literary Arts; Teaching Artist
Melissa Rooney is an author, editor and educator with a focus on reuniting Science with the Arts and Humanities. She is available for readings of her children’s books (live and zoom) and presentation of hands-on, science-based educational workshops at public and private schools, libraries, museums, festivals, corporate events and birthday parties.
After receiving undergraduate degrees in English and Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, Melissa Rooney studied electrochemistry under the direction of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was awarded her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1998. From 1999-2002 she conducted research in the laboratory of Alan M. Bond at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for 2000-2003.
In 2002, she returned to North Carolina to raise her family with her husband. Since then, she has blogged and written for NC newspapers and has published award-winning children’s stories and verses in Highlights Children’s Magazine, Bay Leaves, and numerous other serial publications and anthologies.
Melissa offers three workshops freelance and through the Durham Arts Council’s Culture and Arts in the Public Schools (CAPS) program based on her children’s books Eddie the Electron, The Fate of The Frog, and The Australian Didgeridoo.
She is also available for editing services.