GMA News Online's Sci-Tech editor gets into MIT's Graduate Program

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, June 01, 2017

Photo: Asian Scientist
Timothy James Dimacali, the science and technology editor of GMA News Online, has been admitted to the Graduate Program of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dimacali, 37, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing.

"The application process was pretty straightforward: I was asked what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. My response was just as frank: I wore my geek heart on my sleeve! I told them that I love science and I want to pursue science communications," Dimacali said in an interview with GMA News Online.

"I honestly didn't think I would get in, because my grades and test scores, though decent, weren't particularly stellar. All I really had to show for myself was my passion for science and love of the written word," he added.

Dimacali has been at the helm of the science and technology section of the Kapuso news portal since its inception in 2010. He was the brains behind the Yolanda Missing Persons Database, which was recognized by the network for providing "invaluable assistance to thousands of people affected by [Typhoon Yolanda]."

His work has also been recognized by the Department of Science and Technology which awarded him the Gawad Scriba award for Science Communicators in 2013, honoring him for staunchly advocating the promotion of Philippine science and technology.

The MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing, according to its website, is a one-year program that leads to a Master of Science (SM) in Science Writing. And as GMA News Online noted, it is one of the most eminent science communications courses in the world, with fewer than 10 students accepted per year.

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