Other Writing

Diana has published journalistic work in a wide range of print and online media. Her writing portfolio also includes travel guides, web content, annual reports, executive summaries, newsletters and even legends for National Geographic maps. Today she does freelance editing for various clients and medical writing for NIH as an editorial contractor for a female-owned health consulting firm. A sample of the work follows.

Articles Related to Book Project

Read my blog account of retracing Eliza Scidmore’s historic journey into Glacier Bay: “I Saw Glacier Bay Through 19th-Century Eyes”   [Note: I also did a short video on this]

Read my blog account of following in Eliza Scidmore’s footsteps during cherry blossom season at Mukojima in Japan: “I Tracked D.C. Cherry Trees in Tokyo”

“Cherry Tree Planting in March 1912 Shaped Public Face of Washington, D.C., “ National Geographic, 3/26/2012

“Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore,” Sierra Club’s John Muir Website, 5/2018

“From Early ‘Lady Writer,’ Washington Cherry Blossoms and a National Geographic Legacy,” National Geographic, 1/16/2018

“Eliza Scidmore, the Woman Behind the Planting of Washington’s Cherry Trees in 1912,” Viral History, 3/28/2012

Washington Independent Review of Books

Q&A with Janice P. Nimura, author of Daughters of the Samurai, 5/27/2016

Without You There Is No Us: My Times With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite, 1/1/2015 

Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar, 11/2011 

Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World, 8/12/2011

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS, 5/10/2011

Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey From Obsession to Freedom, 3/23/2011

Selected Articles/National Geographic News

“In Africa, Decoding the Language of Elephants,” 2/21/2003

“Maya Hieroglyphics Recount ‘Giant War,’ ” 10/19/2002

“Crossbow Rivalry of Two Italian Towns Dates to Middle Ages,” 9/6/2002

“Skull Fossil Opens Window onto Early Human Origins,” 7/11/2002

“City Occupied by Inca Discovered on Andean Peak in Peru,” 3/18/2002

“High-Tech Fishing Is Emptying Deep Seas, Scientists Warn,” 2/26/2002

” ‘SuperCroc’ Fossil Found in Sahara, 10/25/2001

“Surgeons in U.S Perform Operation in France Via Robot,” 9/19/2001

“Skeleton of New Dinosaur ‘Titan’ Found in Madagascar,” 8/1/2001

“Tiny Fossil From Early Jurassic Fills New Niche in Mammal Evolution,” 5/24/2001

Other Selected Articles

“Design College’s New Provost Hopes to Contribute to Another Detroit Renaissance,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/6/2014

“Giant Footprint,” Smithsonian.com, 1/28/2008

“Monumental Shift,” Smithsonian.com, 7/31/2007

“Palm-Nut Problem: Asian Chewing Habit Linked to Oral Cancer,” Science News, 1/15/2005

“Remnants of the Past: High-Tech Analyses of Ancient Textiles Yield Clues to Cultures,” Science News, 12/11/2004

“Assault on Autism,” Science News, 11/9/2004

“New Signs of Hope in the Struggle for Human Rights: Indonesia,” Ford Foundation Report, Fall 1998

“Maternal Death Rate Tough to Reduce,” Indonesian Observer, 4/12/1998

“Grand Experiment” (on science discovery center), Baltimore Style, March–April 1997

“Project Seeks to Shed Light on Human Rights Abuses in Haiti,” Science, 6/30/1995

“Helping Students Learn Science the Way Science Works,” Science, 9/30/1994

“To Police or to Protect?” Education R&D Preview, Sept. 1993

“Human Retooling” (on K-12 school reform in West Virginia), Scholastic’s Agenda, Winter 1992

“Medicine and the Humanities,” Humanities, Jan.–Feb. 1992

“Injury Surveillance in Four States,” Childhood Injury Prevention Quarterly, Summer 1991

“Exploring America’s Oral Traditions: the Encyclopedia of Popular Beliefs and Superstitions,” Humanities, Jan.–Feb. 1991

“The Animal Rights Movement Has Closed Down and Stalled Research,” NIDA Notes, Spring/Summer 1989

“Charles Peirce: An American Original,” Humanities, May/June 1989

“Laser Joins Fight Against Cancer, Heart Disease,” NIH Record, 2/7/1989

“Community Colleges Exhibit New Spirit of Fund-Raising Aggressiveness,” Trustee Quarterly, Winter 1989

“AIDS: Piecemeal Precautions Aren’t Good Enough,” Health Care Competition Week, 12/16/1987

“Educators Call for Bold New Approach to Science Education,” Education Daily, 2/9/1987

“Nixon’s Ghosts Haunt the Archives,” Common Cause, July/August 1986

“Putting Geography Back on the Map,” The Washington Post, 4/20/1986

“Crossroads (South Africa): In a Rural Settlement, Medical Students Are Learning Both Medicine and the Realities of Politics,” The New Physician, 7/8/1984

“University Researchers Are Working Painstakingly to Unravel the Mystery of Cystic Fibrosis,” Columbia Missourian, 9/20/1981


“On the Porch,” Washingtonian, 8/1/2009

“Carried Away,” Potomac Review, Fall 2007

Travel Guides

National Geographic Traveler: Washington, D.C.
Lead writer for updates of 2005, 2007 and 2010 editions

The Jakarta Explorer, 1999
Editorial coordinator and contributing writer and photographer

Reports and Newsletters

National Institutes of Health (through Sygma Health Consulting)

World Fish Center, Penang, Malaysia

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

  • Annual Report 1998
  • CIFOR News, Nos. 19–27, June 1998 to March/April 2001
  • Workshop Report, Integrated Natural Resource Management in the CGIAR, August 2000
  • CIFOR in Indonesia, 1999

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • Annual Report 1994
  • Annual Report 1995

Legends for National Geographic Maps

  • Special Places of the World: New York City, Sept. 1990
  • Special Places of the World: Holy Land, Dec. 1989


“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”