About Me

I’m Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba on Twitter) and I am a beginning science writer. I just completed the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and through spring 2016, I worked there and at part-time internships with Stanford news, the Monterey Herald newspaper, and Inside Science News Service. As of summer 2016, I am beginning a full-time internship with Nature magazine. Much of my writing revolves around astronomy, physics and space exploration, but I write about many other fascinating things too, including environmental and social sciences.

If you’d like to see the articles and stories I’ve been publishing lately, go to the Articles & Writings page and check them out. I am adding some sample pieces on this site as well.

Up until summer 2015, I was an astrophysicist and lecturer at UC San Diego. If you’re curious about my work there, see my old UCSD website.

I have many other interests too, including public outreach, sociology, political science, science policy and environmental politics. For fun, I’m into many kinds of music, playing the violin, swing dancing, downhill skiing, reading fiction and nonfiction, traveling, hiking, and drinking tea and beer (though not at the same time!).

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Before I moved to San Diego, I worked at the University of Arizona in Tucson and before that I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany (which is where I also picked up the swing dancing). I earned my Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and I earned a B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. I’m half-Iranian and I grew up in Denver, Colorado (where I learned to ski).

I’m at a time where I’m up for trying new things. If you’ve got a science writing, communication, public speaking, or outreach-related project you’re working on and you think I might be able to help or play a role, let me know—maybe I can.

A famous economist and sociologist once said, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” In my own small ways, I will try to do both.

You may contact me via email (raminskibba[at]gmail.com) or telephone (+1-520-306-8158).

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