Joe McClain

Director of Research Communications

Phone: 757-221-1615
Email: [[jmmccl]]
Duties: Editor of Ideation magazine. Serves as lead on research-related stories, especially those involving the natural sciences.
Beat: Faculty/Student Research, Environmental Science/Keck Lab, Applied Science, Computer Science, Center for Conservation Biology, Center for Archeological Research, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Jefferson Lab liaison, Neuroscience

About Joe
My life and hard times*

I've worked in higher education since 1985 and have at William & Mary since 2004. My job is basically talking to scientists, which I enjoy very much. There are other parts of my job, including writing about what the scientists have told me, which isn't so enjoyable. If any experienced writer tells you they like to write, they likely mean that they enjoy the completion of the composition. They like "having written," if you will. I'm the same way; I like the challenge of explaining complex topics to a lay audience. When I can see that I've gotten it right, it's a big rush.

My office is out in Discovery, but you can often find me in the science buildings at the university, looking for The Story. I tell The Story in a number of ways, including my online magazine, Ideation. I also work with outside media, relating The Story in hopes that they will help tell about William & Mary research.

*I stole that title from Thurber. I don't always steal, but when I do, I try to steal from great writers who are no longer alive to file suit.