Sue  Ferrara

Sue Ferrara

Sue Ferrara holds a PhD in public communications from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has worked in radio, television and print at the local and national levels since 1979. When she is not writing about education, she writes about birds, especially parrots.

Published Work


Definition Of Toxicology

The word toxicology at its simplest translates to the study of toxins. Humans have used and experimented with toxins, or poisons, as far back as 1500 BCE. The 70-year old Greek philosopher Socrates became history's best known poisoning victim in 339 BCE… More »

How Roosevelt Became a Hero During the Spanish American War

Teddy Roosevelt held the position of secretary of the Navy when the Spanish-American War started. He resigned the post and journeyed to Texas where he organized a volunteer unit composed of “polo players, hunters, cowboys, Native Americans, and… More »

When Was Boat Construction First Used in China?

Information about "firsts" changes with every new archaeological discovery. Scholars date Chinese boat building back to about 5500 B.C. since the 2002 discovery of what a "People's Daily" news story described as a dugout canoe 2 meters… More »

In What Point of View Is the Story "The Scarlet Ibis" Narrated?

Told from the first person point of view, the short story, "The Scarlet Ibis," brings the reader to the Southern United States circa World War I. The story's unnamed narrator recalls a time "in the clove of the seasons" when summer… More »

What Is the Symbolism of a Bleeding Tree in "The Scarlet Ibis"?

James Hurst, author of the short story "The Scarlet Ibis," once said, "authors seldom understand what they write." Hurst never revealed the symbolism behind the bleeding tree, but a close reading of the story leads one to conclude… More »

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Ticks can transmit more than lyme disease. Being vigilant and getting the proper medical care is important.… More »

Living in Oz's Many Settings

From the yellow brick road, to the Wizard himself, a careful reader who knows local upstate New York history will find several shadows of L. Frank Baum's 19th century life in and around Syracuse, New York.… More »

When Disaster Strikes

During the aftermathc of the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake, hospital personnel found a new way to process xrays.… More »

Soapbox: A Kid'll Eat Ivy

Getting rid of poison ivy might just require a goat.… More »

The Family of the Wizard

This work looks at the early life and family members of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. … More »

Career History

Date Description
1979 to 1981
WCHL Radio - News reporter/anchor

Chapel Hill, NC

Beats included: Medicine, law, education

1981 to 1988
ABC News - Editor/Writer

Washington, DC

Worked in radio and television news as editor and writer. Worked as a bureau researcher.


Date Description
State University of New York-Geneseo

Geneseo, NY - BS-Elementary Education

Minor- Music

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC - MA-Communications

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD - PhD-Public Communications