Hello and welcome! We’re a student publication out of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, dedicated to writing about science, research and technology. We started in 2019 after our three founders noticed that no other media outlet that was writing about the important (and impressive!) science and research going on at the university, covering everything from psychology to biology to conservation to nanotechnology! Want to get involved? Email athenseffect@gmail.com or pitch a story for us here!

Meet the Staff

Morgan Spehar – Editor-in-Chief, Founder

Morgan is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and Environmental Studies, with a minor in history. She enjoys writing about biology, ecology and the environment, and in her free time, she loves to go hiking, camping and do anything else outdoors. Morgan has also published in Backdrop Magazine and is a DJ for the All College Radio Network.

IG: @morgan.spehar

Jayne Yerrick – Managing Editor, Founder

Jayne is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and minoring in sociology. She is most interested in writing about sociology and psychology. Aside from writing, Jayne loves to listen to music, go to concerts and spend time with her friends. 

IG: @jayne.yerrick

Sianna Mills – Associate Editor, Founder

Sianna is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a specialization in sociology & Spanish as well as double majoring in sociology-criminology. On top of being a member of The Athens Effect, she is also a member of the only pre-law fraternity on campus, Phi Alpha Delta. The social sciences really catch Sianna’s eyes and after undergrad she is planning on going to law school with the intent of being one of our future lawyers.

Twitter: @MillsSianna
IG: @siannamon_toast_crunch

Katelyn Rousch – Writer

Katelyn is a freshman studying Astrophysics and Environmental Studies. She enjoys learning and writing about the complex world mankind calls home as well as the mind-bending universe that surrounds it. When she isn’t writing or doing homework, she’s probably off adventuring in her book, biking around campus, or climbing at Ping. She is also a member of Meteorology Club (OUCAMS) and The Society of Physics Students (SPS).

Anna Birk – Writer

Anna is a freshman majoring in Journalism with a planned minor in Spanish and certificate in Global Leadership. When not in class, she enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking or reading. She enjoys writing opinion and about the environment.

IG: @annaebirk

Claire Milano – Writer

Claire is a sophomore Journalism major with a specialization in WGSS. She is most interested in writing about reproductive/women’s science and animal science. In her free time, Claire likes to watch movies, hang out with friends and pet people’s dogs in college green.

Twitter: @_claire_milano
IG: @clxiremilxno

Cheryl Appel – Writer

Cheryl is a freshman majoring in Neuroscience, with a planned minor in biology and nutrition. She enjoys writing about biology and medicine, and in her dwindling free time, she loves to go ice skating, cook, and watch as much Project Runway as can fit into her schedule.

Elizabeth Watkins – Writer

You can’t spell news without EW. Elizabeth is a senior studying Journalism with a minor in History. By day she is an aspiring journalist, and by night she is also an aspiring journalist. She enjoys being outside, taking pictures of trees, and discovering new music. 

Twitter: @w_welizabeth
IG: @elizabethwatkinsss

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