Viola Ruzzier
BASC Anthropology & Biology
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2022
Creating a science magazine that reintroduces narrative, style, voice, and illustration into scientific writing
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2022

Background

Scientific writing has, through conventions and concerns about objectivity, gotten rid of many of what I consider the most important aspects of good writing—narrative, style, and voice. Illustration, though once a prominent feature of scientific reports, has also been mostly removed from the field. I aim to create a magazine that talks about science while maintaining those key elements of writing that have been dismissed to the literary realm, as well as illustrations, comics, and other art forms that are no longer traditionally used in scientific texts. I can think of no reason why something can't be as seriously researched and discussed as in an academic journal while at the same time being enjoyable to read, which is what I will try to create while at BLUE.

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