Kerry L. Evans, Ph.D., ELS, Interim Associate Director and Editor

Kerry EvansKerry earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she studied bacterial stress responses. She has published original research and worked as a freelance science writer and manuscript editor. Kerry is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).

Bettie CookBettie Cook, Senior Research Administrator 

Bettie provides investigators support with developing budgets, completing requisite forms, and submitting grants. With more than 29 years of experience in providing grant management support and budget development to UAMS investigators and faculty, she has a broad base of experience with grants management in both preaward and postaward periods. Bettie has helped groups plan, budget, organize, and submit complex grant applications, including program projects, COBREs, and government contracts. She also develops budgets and is an expert in submission requirements and guidelines for NIH and other sponsors. In addition to working with SciCom, Bettie has worked in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the College of Medicine, and she has served numerous roles on the UAMS Grants Management Program Committee.

SciCom Editors

SciCom science editors are

  • Grounded in biological sciences, social sciences, and medical writing
  • Experienced in research project and consortium development
  • Skilled in grantsmanship, document organization, and document design and formatting


Peggy BrennerPeggy Brenner, Ph.D., ELS, Editor

Peggy has nearly 20 years of experience in scientific writing and editing. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Davis, and she also taught and conducted research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Peggy has written her own funded grant applications, as well as abstracts, manuscripts, and slide presentations. As an editor, she is skilled in a broad range of areas, including substantively editing research proposals, manuscripts, brochures, and reports, as well as organizing and preparing figures. Peggy is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) and is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.

 Eric Rathman, M.S., Editor:

Eric RathmanEric has over 20 years of experience as a science writer and editor. He holds a master’s degree in biology from The State University of New York at Fredonia. Before joining the Science Communication Group in 2018, he worked on writing and editing Toxicity and Carcinogenicity reports for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ National Toxicology Program. Eric has also worked in data management in support of pharmaceutical clinical trials and has taught at the college level. Eric is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and is pursuing board certification as an Editor in the Life Sciences.