Thalia Rubio is a Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies/Writing. Before coming to MIT, she worked as a freelance technical writer and taught technical writing at Northeastern University. She is also the author of an advanced ESL textbook, Slices of Life: Writing from North America (Regents/Prentice Hall). At MIT, she works with undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists on a variety of topics in diverse scientific and technical fields. Her research interests include visual communication as a powerful component of scientific writing, specifically the integration of statistical graphics in written text.