Virginia Gewin covers environmental issues—from food security to acidifying oceans to endangered species—from her perch in Portland, Oregon. Once on track to become a soil microbiologist, Virginia scrapped those plans to pursue her budding interest in science journalism after completing an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media fellowship and an internship at Nature magazine. For the last decade, she has been a freelancer, writing for Nature, Frontiers in Ecology andEnvironment, The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, PLoS Biology, and Consumers Digest.
Inspired by Hannah Hoag’s (bio) “Setting Goals for Your Best Year Ever” post, I’m doing it. I’m actually going to set a specific goal this year. For eleven years, I’ve splashed […]... Keep Reading »
To no one’s surprise, the XX panel discussion at the 2013 NASW meeting last weekend in Gainesville was standing room only. The panel’s original focus — a long overdue conversation […]... Keep Reading »
I’m sure it was just another ordinary November afternoon in 2005, but an email from my friend Kendall Powell proved a turning point in my career. It was an email […]... Keep Reading »
Sitting in the lab, day after day, I plodded, unthinking, down the well-beaten academic path—until my PhD imploded. Kaboom! Time to, finally, have a long overdue conversation with myself about […]... Keep Reading »
I hung up my shingle as an aspiring freelance science journalist on July 1, 2002. I had just returned to Corvallis, Oregon, which felt surprisingly remote after a 6-month internship […]... Keep Reading »
For our latest Friday snapshot, SciLancer Virginia Gewin (bio) takes us to the Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon, to find out why non-scientists are drawn to Science Pub. […]... Keep Reading »
Science journalists need, really, only one thing to survive in this business—story ideas. Most freelancers troll their local research institutions, lecture circuits, or scientific conferences for nascent narratives. Travel is, […]... Keep Reading »