Gina Vitale grew up in a town called Phoenixville, where every year a magnificent wooden bird was built, burned, and built again. It was in that town that her high school chemistry teachers graciously allowed her to stay after school to prepare lab materials and type away at her rather unsophisticated novels. After high school she attended Drexel University, where she quickly failed to choose a singular career path - majoring in chemistry, minoring in psychology, pursuing a certification in creative writing/publishing and serving as editor-in-chief for The Triangle. For The Triangle she had the chance to write about gravitational waves, sterile neutrinos, nanodiamonds in batteries, and various other amazing things that she never imagined could exist.
Through her various endeavors as a bench chemist, a student journalist, and a generally curious person, she has realized the need for science to be communicated to the public with the fascination it deserves, minus the elitism and the words that nobody can pronounce. At MIT she hopes to learn more about podcasting, longform writing and anything else that will help her throw sturdy ropes across that communication divide. Ultimately, she aims to become the kind of science writer who can instill the feeling of wonder in others that she first felt in the town that lived to be reborn.
In her free time, Gina is either mumbling the Philadelphia Eagles fight song, soapboxing about the importance of print media, or re-watching the X-Files. She can be reached on Twitter at @GinaCVitale.