been interested in Science Writing for a number of years, since
I found out what a science writer does. So... what does a science
writer do? There are as wide a variety of science writing careers
as there are general writing careers. There are science journalists
who work for general interest newspapers, magazines, radio, and
the like. There are those who write for popular science magazines
such as Discover. There are also science writers who write for a
more scientifically literate audience; a highly educated population,
or scientists reading outside of their discipline (such as Science
or Science News).
particularly interested in the popularization of science, in the
aim of increasing scientific literacy in the U.S. This is a common
aim with science education (something which also interests me)..
Science writing is not science education, unfortunately, because
you simply can't hope to teach somebody something deep or fundamental
in an article or a column. However, I feel that science writing
can maintain the public's active interest in science. The public
is, after all, the ultimate financial decision maker for many research
grants. Thus, it is important that they understand the implications
of the research being done. In addition, I feel that science writing
can pique a reader's interest in science, thus hopefully encouraging
them to pursue scientific literacy on their own. Thus, I think that
well-written, engaging, and accurate science writing is of fundamental
importance to our society.
love to write, and I love science. I don't think I want to pursue
the deeper intricacies of one particular field of research, and
always enjoy learning about new fields and getting the broad-brush
picture of a discipline or problem. As a science writer, I will
always be learning about the latest research, talking to scientists
about their work, and learning more about a variety of fields. I'm
very excited about the possibilities.
I'm working for my PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at UCSC. I did
an internship at National Public Radio's
science desk in Washington DC in Summer 2003. This internship is
through the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. This, along with other freelancing work,
has given me the experience necessary to become a science communicator
-- either a writer or some other public communicator such as science
policy advisor -- when I graduate in 2005.
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