Alumna Makes Cutting Edge Science Accessible to the Public
When Jessica Nimon, M.A. '03, thought of being a writer she imagined working at a
fashion magazine and went on to study both English and photography. As a UD undergraduate,
she worked for the University News, read all of Fr. Maguire's 'F revisable to A' comments
on her papers and took photographs of the spring 1998 Rome semester. By the time she
graduated with a master's degree in English, however, she had chosen Persuasion as
her favorite novel, writing over photography, and her future as a communicator had
moved far beyond fashion to the stars.
Now, after years as a NASA technical writer and editor, Nimon is a research communications
specialist for the International Space Station Program Science Office, communicating
science performed on the Space Station, which, like UD's curriculum, is cross-disciplinary.
She, as a bridge builder from the Space Station to the nations below, believes in
her work to explain the station's research discoveries and benefits for humanity.
"I believe my writing skills and the liberal arts education I received at UD have
given me the ability to help NASA engineers articulate important technical information
about their designs," said Nimon. "While they are all exceptionally well educated,
most do not have the background in written communication that is needed to make their
cutting edge science accessible to the public."
Samples of Nimon's work are available on one of NASA's blogs. To find her blog, use
search for "A Lab Aloft" using any Internet search engine.