Stellar Editorial Services
Curriculum Vitae
Valerie Coffey, Stellar Editorial Services

La Quinta, CA                                                                                                                                


MS Astronomy, Boston University, Boston, MA

BS Physics, Math minor, University of Nevada, Reno



Freelance Science & Technology Writer/Editor

Stellar Editorial Services; 12/2006–present

§       Contract writing of feature articles, science news, and industry news for B2B 
      and journal clients, including American Institute of Physics, EuroPhotonics
      BioPhotonics, LEDs, Laser Focus World,
Photonics Spectra, PreMedia Global,
      and Optics & Photonics News

§    International planetarium script development for GOTO

§ Writing and editing of market research reports for Optical Society of America   
      and PHOTON Consulting

§       News writing, blogging, and social media networking on software, IT, and
      telecom for JAZD Markets

§        Editing and revision of astronomy and physics textbook content for Pearson   
      Addison Wesley Higher Education, including Astronomy Today, 6th Ed.,
      Chaisson and McMillan;
Conceptual Physics, 11th Ed., Hewitt; Physics,
      Concepts & Connections, 5th Ed., Hobson; and College Physics, 8th Ed.,

§        Editing of physics terms for American Heritage Dictionary 5th ed., (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), and authoring of Encyclopedia Brittanica entry on quantum computing (2016)

§        Books edited: The Double Star Catalog by (Haas; MBI Publishing), A Year in the Life of the Universe (Gendler) and Patterns in the Sky (Hewitt-White; both New Track Media Books), 2006  


§        Communications projects for corporate and academic clients, including Indium Corp, Newport Corp., Lumencore, Master Bond, O-Liner, SAM Training LLC, Ocean Optics, Gooch & Housego PLC, University of Montreal, King Abdul-Aziz University, and Athenian Venture Partners.

Editor, PennWell Corp., Nashua, NH (two titles held)
1. Contributing Editor,
Laser Focus World; 12/200810/2010
§     Researched and authored a technology product-focused article series

2. Senior Technical Editor,
Laser Focus World; 6/2007–11/2008
§    Researched, solicited, edited, and wrote monthly technology news, features,  
      and columns on optoelectronics, optics, lasers, and fiber-optics in the
      astronomy, medical biotech, industrial, military, and telecom industries for
      print and online

    Moderated webcasts and panels, produced bi-monthly e-newsletter, and
      maintained website

Participated in and reviewed industry conferences and trade-shows

Managing Editor
Sky & Telescope and Night Sky magazines

New Track Media LLC, Cambridge, MA; 4–12/2006

§         Managed the dynamic interface of editorial, design, and production for two popular consumer magazines, websites, books, and annuals on astronomy

§         Generated and edited astronomical content for print and web, developed editorial deadlines for staff of 14 editors, reallocated resources, managed article acquisitions, and supervised editorial assistants

§         Streamlined efficiency of editorial, image acquisition, and rights & permissions

Editor, PennWell Corp., Nashua, NH (three titles held)
1. Editor in Chief, Connector Specifier magazine; 3/2003–3/2006
§        Determined editorial direction, budget, and content of monthly B2B trade
      publications, e-newsletters, and websites covering electrical and fiber-optic
      connectors in military, medical, computer, telecom, and industrial applications

§    Edited and wrote editorial content. Supervised editorial staff
§   Developed partnerships with industry associations; moderated conference

2. Lead Editor, Optoelectronics Report, 8/2000–4/2001
§         Wrote and edited features and news for a photonics-industry business  

3. Associate Technical Editor, Laser Focus World and WDM Solutions magazines; 7/2000–3/2003 (overlapping with 2)

§         Researched, solicited, edited, and wrote monthly technology news, features, and columns on optoelectronics, optics, lasers and fiber-optics in the astronomy, medical, biotech, industrial, military, and telecom industries for print and web

Math Tutor, Sylvan Learning Center, Acton, MA; 5/2000–07/2000

§    Homework assistance and tutoring for grades 6-12 in math and SAT prep


Substitute Teacher, MA public schools, Opis Inc., and Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools; 4–6/2000, 16/2007, 16/2009, 912/2012

§    On-call substitute teaching of all subjects in grades K-12.


Assistant Adjunct Professor of Astronomy

Bentley College, Waltham, MA; spring 2000

§     Taught four-credit undergraduate astronomy class and lab


Sales/Marketing Manager

Optometrics USA, Inc., Ayer, MA; 9/1999– 4/2000

§       Inside sales and marketing for an optics manufacturer


Sales/Marketing Manager, Proposal Editor, Internet Marketing Specialist

Scientific Solutions, Inc., Spectroscopic Devices and Consulting, N. Chelmsford, MA; 4/1998–9/1999

§         Developed the first website for this Boston University start up.

§         Technical sales and marketing, editing and writing of successful grant proposals


Teaching Fellow

Boston University Department of Astronomy, Boston, MA; 9/19935/1996

§         Thesis entitled, “Statistical analysis of neutral hydrogen self-absorption features in the first quadrant of the Milky Way.” Analyzed 2-arcsec-resolution self-absorption spectra of 21-cm (radio-frequency) emission of neutral hydrogen in interstellar medium, obtained by the Boston University Arecibo Observatory Survey (1991).

§         Taught undergraduate astronomy labs, discussion sections, and observatory programs in planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy, bioastronomy, cosmology, and astrophotography


Astronomy/Education consultant

Franklin, MA, 1–9/1993

§         Conducted supplemental science curricula programs at museums and public and private schools in MA including after-school programs, traveling adventure programs, and science day camp.


Education Associate

New England Science Center (now Ecotarium) Worcester, MA; 12/1990–1/1993

§         Conducted informal public education programs conducted in the observatory, planetarium, stage, zoo, and traveling educational programs in astronomy for all ages. Media contact for astronomical events.


Program Presenter, Technician, Telescope Operator

Fleischmann Planetarium, Reno, NV; 4/1985–3/1990 and

Flandrau Planetarium, Tucson, AZ; spring 1986.

§         Presented public observing programs and planetarium shows, star talks and laser shows.



§        Broad experience with social networking and SEO techniques

§    Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Picture Manager) for PC

§         Adobe InCopy, InDesign, Quark, and Acrobat

§         Familiarity with HTML, Clickability, and other web content-publishing (CMS) systems

§        Brightcove online video publishing  


  • PennWell Editorial Excellence Award for Best Digital Media Initiative, Connector Specifier, 2004
  • PennWell Editorial Excellence Award for Best Contributed Feature Article, Laser Focus World, 2002
  • Laser Focus World Editorial Excellence Award for news, 2000
  • Boston University Teaching Fellow Award for Excellence, 1996
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