Press Links for Cecilia’s Writing

Flying Free

My Victory Over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team

A memoir by Cecilia Aragon


Press Since Publication

How an aerobatic pilot is like a surgeon: Journal of Orthopaedics interview, Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics, Feb 2023.

Cover of Journal of Orthopaedics Feb 2023

Bring a Human-Centered, Ethical Approach to Data Science and AI, CDO Magazine, Feb 15, 2022.

Women in Data Science Podcast, WiDS Stanford, Jan 28, 2022.

CDO Magazine Announces Its 2022 List of Leading Academic Data Leaders, CDO Magazine, Jan 18, 2022


AVIATE with Shaesta Podcast, Shaesta Waiz, NBAA BACE,  Oct 27, 2021.

10 Inspiring Latinas in STEM You Need to Know About, by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Hip Latina, Sep 27, 2021.

IEEE Computing Oral History Project, Engineering and Technology History Wiki, Cecilia Aragon, Interview with Roli Varma, Sep 20, 2021.

Women in Data Science Podcast, Stanford University, Aerobatic Pilot, Author and Data Scientist, interview with Margot Gerritsen. May 6, 2021.

Ready for Takeoff Podcast, interview with George Nolly, Apr 28, 2021.

The Resilience Series, interview with Stephanie Weaver. YouTube link (18 min). February 6, 2021.

FLYING FREE is Inspiring. Empowering. Rewarding. The Latina Book Club, January 18, 2021.

Cecilia Aragon’s Astonishing Journey: from Fear to Freedom, by Beth E. Stanton, Sport Aerobatics, January 13, 2021.

C-Span Book TV Broadcast: On Growing Up Latina in 1960s America. Town Hall Seattle. In conversation with Donna Miscolta, author of Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories, December 21, 2020, January 10, 2021, January 31, 2021.

Aerospace Education Live interview (YouTube link) with Bob Roberts, Civil Air Patrol, December 17, 2020. Podcast link.

Flying Free and Facing Fears with Elizabeth Hill, 51% Podcast, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, December 10, 2020

Beyond Hidden Figures: Women in STEM, by Katie Noah Gibson, Shelf Awareness for Readers, December 4, 2020

Reading books during a pandemic, by Donna Miscolta, November 28, 2020

Here Are Some Great Virtual Book Events Happening This Week, by Arianna Rebolini, Buzzfeed News, November 22, 2020

Dante’s Old South, interview with Clifford Brooks, NPR, November 21, 2020

Editor’s Notebook, by Brangien Davis, Crosscut, November 19, 2020

Nancy’s Bookshelf, by Nancy Wiegman & Matt Fidler, North State Public Radio, November 18, 2020

EECS Berkeley News 150W, by Magdalene L. Crowley, UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences News, November 16, 2020

EECS Notable Women: Cecilia Aragon, by Sheila Humphreys, UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences History, November 15, 2020

From Fear of Elevators to Champion Aerobatic Pilot, Constant Wonder on BYU Radio, host Marcus Smith, October 26, 2020

Interview about Flying Free with Janet Perry in Nonfiction4Life radio show and podcast, October 14, 2020

Flying Free Review in San Francisco Book Review, October 5, 2020

Cecilia Aragon: Flying Free, Berkeley EECS News, September 28, 2020

3rd Hour of Today Show, segment on Cecilia Aragon and Flying Free, September 23, 2020

On MSN: Meet the 1st Latina pilot on the US aerobatic team, September 23, 2020

Yahoo News: Meet the 1st Latina pilot on the US aerobatic team, September 23, 2020

NBC News: Facebook post, September 23, 2020

The 48 Best Things to Do in Seattle, News Now Seattle, September 24, 2020

Flying Free by Cecelia Aragon

Blackstone Publishing, 2020

Pre-Publication (September, 2020)

Resilience, Flying High, and Bridging Borders, Express Yourself Teen Radio, Hosts Siri Phaneendra and Andrea Smith, September 20, 2020

Lead story in UW Today newsletter, University of Washington, September 18, 2020

Lead story in UW eScience News, eScience Institute, University of Washington, September 18, 2020

Memoir tells story of accomplished Latina pilot, AOPA Aviation eBrief, September 14, 2020

‘Dancing in the sky’: UW professor Cecilia Aragon tells of beating fear, becoming competitive pilot in memoir ‘Flying Free’, by Peter Kelley, UW News, September 11, 2020

A Novel Idea on KRCB-FM, Interview with Suzanne Lang, KRCB-FM Radio, September 6, 2020

September 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us, by Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine, September 2, 2020

Shelf Awareness Review of Flying Free, by Katie Noah Gibson, Shelf Awareness Pro, September 1, 2020

Pre-Publication (March-August, 2020)

September 2020 Latinx Releases, by Zakiya Jamal, Latinx in Publishing, August 28, 2020

Author2Author with Cecilia Aragon, hosted by Bill Kenower, BlogTalkRadio/Author Magazine, August 11, 2020

15 Latinx Summer Reads to Beat the Boredom, by Alexandra de F. Szoenyi, Hip Latina, May 19, 2020

‘The sky was calling’: Cecilia Aragon’s memoir about her life as a Latina pilot on the US Aerobatic Team, by Anh Nguyen, The Daily, Mar 31, 2020

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon on overcoming fears, becoming an aerobatic pilot, and her forthcoming memoir, by Leah Pistorius, HCDE News, March 10, 2020

The Story Collider: 10 Years of Stories About Science, Royal Room, March 3, 2020

Interview with Bill Radke, The Record, KUOW, March 2, 2020:

“You’ve probably heard of exposure therapy for fears: maybe you touch a snake, or force yourself to start a conversation with a stranger. But curing your fear of heights by learning to fly a stunt plane is next level. Cecilia Aragon is the director of the Human-Centered Data Science Lab at the University of Washington. She’s also author of the forthcoming memoir Flying Free: My Victory Over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team.”

Listen to the 13-minute radio interview on KUOW, March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020 | KUOW
This Seattle professor conquers fear by flying stunt planes (Spotify)
Cecilia Aragon, professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, UW