When you first meet Susan, she doesn’t seem like a nitpicker. She’s actually very nice. She won’t call attention to tiny specks of lint on your sweater, or point out that dot of lipstick on your lower bicuspid. But put her in front of the latest draft of Environmental Health Perspectives, and she gets really, really picky . . . in the very best way.
Susan has been proofreading EHP since 1993. And this is no normal proofreading. It takes a very special nitpicker to know whether phrases like “long-chain perfluorocarboxylates” and “polyolefin-based elastomer” are spelled correctly, grammatically correct . . . or even real words. And there’s a lot more where those came from. Or perhaps we should say, from whence those came.
You’ll be pleased to hear that Susan is able to loosen up once you get her away from that EHP draft. She enjoys attending street festivals, theaters and concerts near her home in Raleigh, trying a wide range of ethnic foods (none of which contain perfluorocarboxylates), and spending time with her adorably plump Papillion, Fiyero.