If you feel like you can use the hope of the future boost, “SN 10: Scientists to watch” profiles in this matter do not fail. We remain in the first seven years, and in the middle of life researchers who were running to solve big questions and answer big questions. By doing this, they are creating a bright future of knowledge.
Each year I enjoy learning about the 10 scholars, marveling at how much they have already achieved and also how far they strive to go. In a stroke of serendipity — and good advice from our special projects editor Elizabeth Quill — the authors of this year’s profile are all early to mid-career science journalists.
“Scientists are usually excited to share their work,” said associate editor Cassie Martin, who wrote three of the articles, when asked about her experience writing SN 10. “What makes SN 10 so unique is that we can get to know these people more deeply. Let’s see what the tick does.
Staff writer Nikk Ogasa had a similar reaction. “It’s inspiring and fascinating to hear someone talk about these passions for so many years.” In the case of Robin Wordsworth, a planetary scientist at Harvard University who profiles Ogasa, his love of science fiction and the dream of someday standing on another world drove him to use supercomputers to replicate the climate of early Mars.
“I am grateful for the faith of the learned man to tell us his stories,” said Aina Abel, Science NewsAn editorial assistant who wrote three articles. “Therefore, I feel an enormous sense of responsibility to not only accurately represent their knowledge, but also to give readers a sense of their heart and humanity: who they are, what they do, how they see the world. It makes for really electric and inspiring conversations.”
That comes in her profile of biological anthropologist Tina Lasisi of the University of Southern California, who applies scientific methodology to better understand human variation — including why some people, like her, have curly hair.
The original Science News intern Anna Gibbs wrote the profile, as did Asa Stahl, Ph.D. student in astrophysics at Rice University, who was our AAAS Mass Media Fellow this summer.
Ogasa was also internal; Many of our writers started their careers as interns Science News. Each year we host three interns and one Mass Media Fellow. We provide a great opportunity for these promising writers to build their skills, explore avenues of potential and produce the highest quality journalism. They bring us their energy, new ideas, curiosity and excitement about the science of dressing, and we are lucky to have them with us.
For many years, our in-house and early-career journalists have become leaders in science journalism and science communication. I am proud that we were able to help these amazing young people on their way to achieving their goals in life and we know that the future of science journalism is in good hands.
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