I’m so excited to welcome a new member to the Medicine X team. Julia James has already started working as our social media specialist and will be helping me share our genesis story, and all the exciting things we are learning along the way to the Stanford Medicine X conference in 2012!
Julia recently received her Master’s degree in the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford, where she covered public health and environmental issues in East Palo Alto for the Peninsula Press. She transferred to Stanford after completing a year of the graduate journalism program at the University of Southern California. As a dean’s scholar at USC, she wrote stories about the places in Los Angeles, physical and otherwise, where human and environmental health intersect.
Julia’s academic roots are in the earth sciences. She has worked many months in the field – on an archeological dig in Sicily, Italy, and with a group of geologists and geophysicists exploring a range-bounding fault on the Nevada-California border, to name a few examples. She graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a B.S. in geology, and for the following two years worked geotechnical- and energy-related jobs in Portland, Oregon. Before college, however, she trained at the School of American Ballet and danced as an apprentice with New York City Ballet. She credits her current obsession with multimedia journalism to her background in the performing arts.
During the summer of 2010, as a social media intern at the Stanford School of Medicine Office of Communication and Public Affairs, Julia wrote for the medical blog Scope and edited podcasts for 1:2:1, an award-winning series of conversations about developments in healthcare and biomedical research.
We are so fortunate to have Julia working with us this year on Medicine X. I can’t wait for you to read about all the exciting things we are doing!