Susan MacMillan

Susan is a writer and information designer who heads public awareness work at ILRI. She started her career at ILRI in 1988 as a science writer and moved to public awareness communications, including print, web, media and film, in 1995. Susan has a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Before moving to ILRI, she worked as Head of the ICIPE Science Press at Nairobi’s International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology; as an editor for Stellagraphics, publishers of Kenya’s Weekly Review magazine; as associate editor for Fine Print and University Publishing, two quarterly reviews, one for the arts of the book, based in San Francisco, and the other for university press books, based in Berkeley, USA. In the mid-1970s she taught English at Nyakach and Kapropita girls secondary schools, in Kenya’s Nyanza and Baringo districts, respectively. Her interests lie at the interface of literary and biological writing, how each informs, and resonates in, the other, e.g., how cultural assumptions drive science and scientific paradigms infiltrate lay discourse.

Previous Employment: 1988–1994: Science Writer, International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases, Nairobi, Kenya1986–1988: Head of ICIPE Science Press, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya1984–1986: Editor, Stellagraphics, Nairobi, Kenya, publishers of Weekly Review, Kenya’s leading politi­cal and financial review, edited by Hilary Ng’weno1981–1983: Associate Editor, Promotion and Advertising Manager, Fine Print, A Quarterly Review for the Arts of the Book, San Francisco, California. Letterpress journal reviewing the typography, printing, paper making, bookbinding and graphic arts of limited-edition books printed by hot metal type and published by fine presses worldwide

1980–1982: Associate Editor, Advertising and Business Manager, University Publishing, Berkeley, Califor­nia. Quarterly review of scholarly books in all disciplines published by the 100-plus uni­versity presses of the English-speaking worldCopy editor and Proof reader, Wilsted & Taylor Publishing Services, Oakland, California, type­setters and designers of scholarly books for the University of California Press; Scolar Press, London; and North Point Press, CaliforniaCopy editor and manuscript evaluator, Harper & Row Publishing Company, San Francisco, California

1975–1978: Head of English Department, Kapropita Girls’ Secondary School, Kabarnet, Kenya1973–1974: Head of English Department, Nyakach Girls’ Secondary School, Sondu, Kenya

Area of Expertise: writing and information design

1995–present : Writer, designer and typesetter for ILRI’s public awareness materials, including institutional presentations and posters; illustrated essays, program brochures, research and donor briefs, and media backgrounders and releases; and multimedia material developed specifically for the ILRI website

1989–1994: Wrote, designed and typeset ILRAD annual reports, annual highlights, scientific newsletter (22 issues) and other main institutional publications

1986–1988: Editor of ICIPE’s annual report, newsletter and proceedings