Hi, I’m Cristina Deptula, a science and general interest journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area. I started out writing for the science and tech page of the California Aggie back at UC Davis, where I finished my undergraduate degree in international literature and biology.
Afterwards, I moved back home to the Bay Area, began serving as a docent at Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center, showing off meteorite specimens and mini-telescopes to children and adults. I took courses in medical writing (Dr. Laird Harrison - UCB) and cancer biology (online.) Later, I helped start the cultural magazine Synchronized Chaos (www.synchchaos.com) which publishes some science and nature related pieces.
Currently I’m a live-in fulltime caregiver for my grandmother, who’s 88 and needs someone to live with her. Good learning experience ;)
I still do some freelance science and other writing, and am currently taking a science writing class through the UC Berkeley Extension with Jennifer Huber. From the class, I’d like to learn how to better focus my ideas as I can get wordy and sidetracked sometimes, and also more of the practicalities of how to turn this into a fulltime career, freelance or within a museum, company or university.
Favorite scientific interests of mine include neurology/brain science, astronomy (star-hopping, space travel, cosmology) and anything that involves quirky personalities or interesting stories!
Please feel free to contact me and leave comments on this blog!