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One might not think a career in pharmaceuticals would require much writing, but pharmacist and UC Davis alumnus Oliver Hsu (2007) finds just the contrary. “I have published a few articles in professional journals that discuss medication dosing and drug-drug interactions. Most recently, I created a poster that discussed use of Chinese herbal medications in a Chinatown clinic. All of these projects involve extensive use of my writing skills,” he says. As a pharmacist, Hsu’s writing explores his interest in medications: how they work, how to dose them correctly, and how to avoid possible side effects. “By writing about different aspects of medication use and communicating it to the medical world, I am helping make sure that clinicians are using medications appropriately.” Hsu says that he improved his writing by taking University Writing Program courses in advanced composition and Writing in the Professions: Journalism, as well as writing for the science section of the California Aggie. “It was a great way to exercise my writing and vocabulary skills, since oftentimes you had to be creative in how to explain complex topics and jargon in only a few sentences.”
Watching oneʼs favorite baseball team for a living is a dream job. But for Adam Loberstein(2010), the Coordinator for Media Relations and Broadcasting with the Oakland Aʼs, itʼs no dream. “Thereʼs very little to complain about when watching your favorite team play every day is basically written into your job description,” he says. Announcing player transactions and promoting events like Rickey Henderson Bobblehead Day, Loberstein writes game notes and press releases for the Oakland Aʼs. He credits Steve Magagniniʼs University Writing Program courses Writing in the Professions: Journalism (UWP 104C) and Advanced Journalism: Investigative Reporting (UWP 111B) as most helpful to his writing at UC Davis. “He's a real pro, and did a real good job of passing along what he learned over the years to his students.” A communications major and writing minor, Loberstein worked at The California Aggie for his entire four-year UC Davis career, covering the sports beat and working his way up to editor-in chief his senior year. He has also worked as an associate reporter for Major League Baseballʼs official website, MLB.com, and as a sports reporter for The Sacramento Bee.