• Ellen R. Braaf has published works of fiction, nonfiction, and humor for children and adults in publications as diverse as The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Odyssey, and Soap Opera Digest. Since it was launched in 2002 by the Cricket Group and Smithsonian magazine, she has been a monthly columnist (Ask ASK) and feature writer for ASK magazine. 

    Recent publications include From Wild to Mild about the evolution of cats from feral creatures to household pets and Dances with Animals about intra- and inter-species communication through body movement. Her six-book Science Detectives series written under the name Ellen René was published by PowerKids Press (Rosen). Titles include Investigating Volcanic Eruptions, Investigating Spiders and Their Webs, Investigating Why It Rains, Investigating How Flowers Grow, Investigating Why Leaves Change Their Color, and Investigating Why Animals Shed Their Skin

    Ellen holds a BS in Bacteriology and an MS in Biology. A champion of science literacy and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Ellen has been an educator for many years teaching a wide range of subjects from college-level classes in microbiology, biology, botany, and human reproductive physiology to history, science, and language arts at the elementary school level. 

    For eight years, Ellen also worked as a researcher for a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and historian. An Authors Guild member, Ellen is SCBWI’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisor Emeritus. 


  • “[Science is] an imaginative adventure of the mind seeking truth in a world of mystery.”

    Sir Cyril Herman Hinshelwood (1897-1967), The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1956. 

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