Guest Blog: Introducing Nicole Kiefert!

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, September 8, 2016

Astronomy magazine's new editorial assistant, Nicole Kiefert // William Zuback
I’m delighted to say that last week at Astronomy magazine, Nicole Kiefert started as our new editorial assistant. Nicole will be very familiar to many of you who contribute to the magazine as you correspond with us in the coming weeks and months. But she will also become known to all readers of the magazine and website as she produces some news, blogs, and other content. We are delighted to welcome Nicole, and want to introduce her to you. So without further ado, here is a guest blog written by Nicole herself . . . !

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My name, Nicole Kiefert, may be appearing in Astronomy magazine or online in the near future, so I wanted to introduce myself. I am incredibly excited to be the new editorial assistant at Astronomy magazine. I am a Wisconsin native and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in May 2015 with a degree in English and a minor in journalism. I’ve had every intention of becoming an editor for a publishing company since my sophomore year of college.

I had a summer internship at EAA Oshkosh — the world’s largest airshow — following graduation, got my first taste of editing for magazines, and loved it. Unfortunately, once that internship ended, editing jobs were few and far between, so I spent a year as a project verification consultant at Kohl’s Corporate. (You know, that department store where everything is always on sale.)

When I saw the opportunity open up here at Kalmbach, I couldn’t have been more excited. I had had my eye on their job postings since graduation, so I sent in my application ASAP, and here we are.

Truth be told, I’m still learning about astronomy. As one might have guessed, I didn’t take many science or physics classes with my English degree, but I’ve always been fascinated with the sky and what lies beyond us, so I’m looking forward to learning as I go.

When I get some down time, which is incredibly rare, I can usually be found reading, trying my hand at painting, spending time with family and friends, or stopping in the middle of a sidewalk to pet a dog. Most likely, though, I will probably be with my own dog.

I look forward to being a part of this team and learn all that I can!

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