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Women in science: the communicators!

March 4, 2011

Here is an interesting article published in the Guardian in November 2010.  As I am currently hoping to hear back from graduate programs in science writing and journalism, I am tickled by the idea that women were the first real science writers.

I had a conversation with the director of the NYU Science Journalism program and he mentioned that women make up the majority of science journalism applicants and often have the best applications! So hooray for interdisciplinary thinking, communication and women!

Here is Mary Somerville, known as the “Queen of Science” according to the Guardian article.  She was Scottish, the second woman to be recognized as a scientist in the United Kingdom and awesome.

For more famous women scientists, check out this great photo set from the Smithsonian: Women in Science.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2011 5:58 pm

    Good luck in applying to science journalism programs. I’m a graduate of NYU Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting program. After graduating, I did some freelance writing (a children’s book, some textbooks, and articles in various publications). I later worked in a public affairs office at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, then as an associate editor at Dartmouth Medicine magazine. Now I’m editing a publication at the National Institutes of Health. It’s fun learning new science topics, getting to write about them so others can understand and appreciate them, and then moving on to conquer new topics. Being a science writer is a lot of fun. I also coach and mentor aspiring science writers.
    Laura Stephenson Carter

    • roese permalink*
      March 27, 2011 6:59 pm

      Thanks Laura! I’m glad to hear from a professional reaching out to aspiring science writers! I’m very excited for next year.

  2. April 23, 2011 1:47 am

    Hi Roese,

    As an aspiring science writer too I thought your post was encouraging and awe-inspiring.

    I think science writing is a very important field, after all if there isn’t a science writer or a science journalist or even a journalist interested in science conveying a science story, the amazing discoveries and life saving breakthroughs would never be known by the general public.

    Keep going and good luck with breaking into the field.

    • roese permalink*
      April 23, 2011 9:13 am

      Thank you for the encouragement and for reading my musings! If you are hoping to be a science writer as well, let me know if you want me to point out a few resources.


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