Science Journalism in the Public Interest


Seminars and Events

KSJ seminars and workshops are special events planned primarily for Knight Fellows, partners, and invited guests. For some seminars, there may also be a limited number of seats available to interested members of the public. Preference for this seating will be given to former KSJ fellows. If you would like to attend a specific lecture, please email with your name and affiliation to request a reservation.

Marah Gubar
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Prof. Gubar is an associate professor in MIT’s literature program who studies the influence of childhood creativity on literature and the influence of literature on childhood behaviors. She is the author of Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature (Oxford University Press).

Erik Vance
Thursday, December 8, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Vance is a freelance journalist based in California and Mexico. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, The New York Times, The Utne Reader, Discover Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is currently under contract with Harper’s Magazine and National Geographic. He will be speaking about his new and acclaimed book, Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, Heal. (National Geographic)

Private Event:
KSJ fellow semester review
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
4:00 – 7 p.m. E19-623


Statistics for Science Journalists workshop
Sense About Science, organizer
Saturday, January 28, 2017, time TBA

Paula Hammond
Thursday, February 16, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Hammond is a David H.Koch Professor at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and a pioneering researcher in biomaterials, nanotechnology and drug delivery.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Matt Carroll
Thursday, February 23, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Carroll is a leading data journalist, previously with The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. He ran the Future of News Initiative at MIT’s Media Lab until the fall of 2016. He is a journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston.

David Kaiser
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Kaiser is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science in MIT’s Science, Technology and Society Department and a Professor of Physics in MIT’s Department of Physics. He is the author of five books, including How the Hippies Saved Physics and Science in the American Century. He serves on the board of the online magazine, Nautilus, and writes for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times.

Ari Daniel
Thursday, March 2, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Daniels is a freelance science reporter and multi-media producer based in Boston. He does radio reporting for national programs (including NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday; WNYC’s Radiolab; PRI’s The World, Living on Earth, and Studio 360; WBUR’s Here & Now) and has overseen multimedia production for clients including hospitals, museums, non-profits, online publications, public media organizations, and universities.

Linda Griffith
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
4:30 pm Griffith Laboratory at MIT

Prof. Griffith is a pioneer in the field of tissue engineering. She is Professor of Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and the founder of the Center for Gynepathology Research at MIT, which both studies and raises awareness of diseases like endometriosis. In 2006, she received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.

Heidi Williams
Thursday, March 9, 2017
3:30 pm E19-623

Williams is an Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Economics, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She studies the effects of patent policies and technology on health care and medical research. She received a MacArthur “genius” grant for her work in fall 2015.

R. Scott Kemp
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Kemp is the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT and director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy. He works primarily on direct verification of nuclear-warhead dismantlement, the detection of clandestine nuclear programs, and on emerging nuclear technologies that either complicate or advance international security. He was previously science advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control where he was responsible for framing the technical negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Amy Brand
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Amy Brand is the director of MIT Press.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Spring Break:
March 27-31, 2017