Physics Today Science Writing Intern
American Institute of Physics
Explaining their life's work isn’t necessarily physicists' forte. Consequently, having science journalism mediums like Physics Today is incredibly valuable for the physics society to stay informed about the latest research and policy news in their respective fields. Stories need to be told in a compact, easy-to-understand language that is convenient for both expert scientists and physics enthusiasts who are simply curious. It is the job of a science journalist to draft writing that brings these two demographics together, in cooperation with the researchers to produce the most accurate story. But what exactly goes down, between the lines, as physicist-turned-journalists try to convey the recent advances? What kind of interactions are born within the magazine, amongst editors, and in communication with researchers? This short discussion draws examples from the 2022 AIP Physics Today intern's limited experience as a science writer, to uncover the mysteries of producing printed and digital content for Physics Today and installing confidence into writing. The discussion will be focused on a recent update, titled, “Microcombs undergo silicon chip integration.”
My name is Gizem, and I am currently a sophomore at Bowdoin College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physics and government and legal studies with a concentration in international relations. Although I study at Brunswick, ME and love to spend my holidays in DC, I am originally from Istanbul, Turkey. I aspire to have a career in public service focusing on science policy and defense technologies. I believe sciences, physics in particular, possess immense potential for technological advancements to improve standards of living all around the world.
At Bowdoin, I work as the Maine Votes Democracy Ambassador, raising civic engagement on campus and I am a proud member of Women in Physics. Aside from physics and politics, I act and write for the stage and was lucky enough to perform in The Wolves with a great group of women in front of an audience post pandemic. One of the plays I authored, The Ripped Flag, was put on stage by the Indie Theatre Group at Robert College in Istanbul. In this upcoming summer, I am excited work with many physicists and can’t wait to learn more about the nuances of science writing and communication at AIP Physics Today.