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Elvia Ramirez-Vidal Translates and Tweets for Webb
August 27, 2013

[image-51]Name: Elvia Ramirez-Vidal
Title: Translator/Intern for the James Webb Space Telescope Science
School: Temple University
Age: 23
Code She Works For:  Code 665, Observational Cosmology Laboratory

At Goddard, Elvia Ramirez-Vidal translated complex material into 140 character Spanish tweets for NASA's most powerful space telescope being built, the James Webb Space Telescope.

What do you work on?

Most of the things that I did were translations for Webb. I translated a lot of science pages and a lot of technical stuff I also worked with social media, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. On top of that I worked on Blueshift and a lot of complicated blogs.

What's been the hardest thing you've had to tweet or hardest word you've had to translate?

Spectropscopy – you just add an io to it.  Figuring that out was hard. There were a lot of things to know with the hardware. Oftentimes they're proper nouns so distinguishing between those two was pretty difficult.

What did you learn working at Goddard?

I learned a lot more about space. Staying in the astrophysics building I would go to a lot of the colloquiums, I learned a lot about dark matter and expansion. I definitely learned more about the projects. It was pretty interesting walking around building 29 watching things being built right now.

What excites you about coming to work each day?

Not knowing what to expect. Seeing John Mather coming into the building and coming out was impressive. Just meeting people that have such an impact at NASA so far.

What is a typical day at work like for you?

I would come in pretty early, so I would do the e-mail run through, then I'd begin editing as I went through. It was mostly filled with edits. I would get e-mails from the team about revisions. Usually there would be a talk or a colloquium. I definitely attended all that I could. Listening in on whatever was available.

What lessons have you learned while working at Goddard?

I learned about networking. I plunge into talking to anyone and everyone. Getting to learn more about the center itself, just because it's a huge campus. Coming in I didn't know a lot about Goddard. I learned it's better to explore on your own and ask people questions.

What is your passion?

Educating people and the public about what NASA is about. Whether it is in English or Spanish. It's really important to inform the public and make them care about what we're doing.

What’s been your favorite day so far at Goddard?

Exploring building 29 was it—it made me realize where I am, it was a real eye opener. It was right after I had written something up about JWST seeing the mirrors and the hardware was my favorite day.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Learning, I liked the learning while I was at the job. My previous jobs were just jobs. While I was working I was learning so much. It was very enriching.

Do you like to read or watch TV, and if so, what’s your favorite book or show?

I love reading. Right now, I'm reading John Mather's "The Very First Light" and learning more about the COBE project. I got a brief overview but I'd love to learn more. As for TV shows, that changes week to week.

What one word or phrase best describes you?

Determined, once I'm focused on something I will accomplish it. I got everything done as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.

How would you describe your life up to this point in two sentences?

My life has changed greatly with this internship. Going from a fine art major to a political science major to working at Goddard has made me realize I want to work in international space policy.

Laura Betz
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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