Barbra Rodriguez is an award-winning writer with extensive experience covering the life sciences, medicine, the environment and other areas. She has worked with outlets such as AARP magazines, Diabetes Self-Management and a Sunday newspaper supplement. Barbra spent 19 years covering university research advances while managing and writing magazines, digital newsletters and more. The last eight years focused on covering sustainable landscape design. Since switching to full-time freelancing in 2016, Barbra has published articles in international science journals, in university magazines and on non-profit websites. She has also fact checked, proofread and edited books, edited medical education web modules and engineering research summaries, and served as a conference correspondent. She is completing an editing certificate program with UC, San Diego that includes digital editing.
Environment & Nature
Pr/marketing - all
Academia - all
Newspaper - National
Total Media Industry Experience
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Nature journal (3-5), AARP magazine or aarp.org - Latino focus (6-10), VISTA newspaper supplement - Latino focus (3-5), Every Second Counts, National Safety Council (1-2), minoritypostdoc.org (1-2), Science journal (1-2), Texas Co-op Power magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Jackson School of Geosciences magazine, UT Austin (3-5), Focal Spot, radiology dept. magazine, Wash. Univ. (3-5), Institute for Computational Engr and Sciences website, UT Austin (3-5), Cockrell School of Engr website, UT Austin (1-2), Univ. of Calif., Santa Cruz magazine (1-2), Southwestern University magazine (1-2), Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab, ecosystem science division (1-2)
Other Work History
Three years of clinical laboratory experience; seven years of biomedical research laboratory experience.
Foreign Language Skills
Moderate fluency in Spanish. Traveled in Japan before teaching at a martial arts workshop in Tokyo. (Third-degree belt; Seidokan Aikido Japanese self-defense art, 1994-present)
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat
Available upon request.
Diversity Travel Fellowship, World Conference of Science Journalists, 2018; Travel Grant, Ecological Society of America Conference, 2017; Best of Texas Feature Writing Merit Award, Texas Public Relations Assoc., 2010; National Mature Media, and National Health Information awards, 2006.
Editorial Freelancers Association, 2018-present; National Association of Science Writers, 1997-present; Writers League of Texas, 2014-present.