I recently joined the team at Seasons of La Jolla magazine as a freelance contributor. James Tully and Matthew Lyons publish the quarterly glossy. My first piece appears in the Winter 2014 edition entitled “Seven Caves in a Cliffs” and uncovers the history of La Jolla’s famous sea caves. What I enjoyed most about writing the piece was talking with historian and author Carol Olten of the La Jolla Historical Society–and of course–doing my research on site at the beach.
Academic writing is usually a mess of jargon that confuses and excludes readers. As I progress through my Master of Science Education program at UC San Diego, I attempt to write my academic papers with the same clarity as my freelance magazine articles. Do I pull it off?
You be the judge.
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If you like, take a look at the paper about adolescence. I investigated what adolescence means across cultural and digital divides told through the eyes of visual artist Tara Knight, including an analysis of Hatsune Miku, Japan’s most popular teen vocaloid character.
I conclude that Knight’s work with Hatsune Miku challenges the notion that adolescence is a life stage we outgrow. Miku reveals that digital technology, when applied to art and culture, allows even the most socially fixed among us can regain access to many possible identities through creative expression.
Eating healthy has never been more confusing: eat less cholesterol but eat more good fat, eat more fiber but fewer carbs, eat more fruit and dairy but less sugar. Trying to make sense of it all can drive a person crazy!
That’s why I started RecipesinSeason.org. We focus on eating fruits, vegetables and staples that are fresh, in season and highly nutritious. We share hundreds of quick and easy recipes that you can try tonight.
If you’ve got a great recipe to share, join us as a contributor. The community behind cooking with seasonal foods keeps us sane and happy. Here’s to better health!
Fresh, raw ‘ahi tossed with sesame oil, toasted macadamia nuts, chili pepper and green onion—a pretty typical ingredient list for poke. But the inspiration—and the winning ingredient—was a simple squeeze of lime. The acid made the flavors of the dish really pop, earning chef James Harris from Orange County the top award at last year’s I Love Poke festival in San Diego. The festival returns this year to a sell out crowd savoring only sustainably-harvested fish….more in Hana Hou!
Science does not stop at the US-Mexico border, and neither should science reporting. But it does. Despite past efforts, some of the most important issues of our time–such as health and the environment–fail to reach the public’s awareness. Together with two co-organizers, Lynne Friedmann and S. Lynne Walker, I hope to change that. [Read more…]
The 490-seat Kahilu Theater in Waimea on the island of Hawaii plays host once a month to lectures by world-class astronomers who study the sky with the Keck Telescopes, located atop Mauna Kea, and better, the lectures are free and open to the public….more in Hana Hou!
This week I’m participating in the Knight Digital Media Center’s Independent Journalist Workshop at UC Berkeley. My class is the second ever. I am the only science journalist; others are community news reporters. Highly capable instructors pack our days with all digital training from every angle–tools and strategies that will move my work from print to the digital age. My capstone project is to develop my blog about the sense of smell into an engaging, creative online community. It’s an amazing group of people from whom I learn so much. Thanks, KDMC!
Three times in the charm! I’ve applied for a career grant from the National Association of Science Writers three times and was successful in the last round. That means that I can now invest in a suit of digital media tools that I need to grow in my career as a journalist. Thanks, NASW!