Science Journalism in the Public Interest


Upcoming Seminars and Events

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

Q&A With David Corcoran
Former NYT Science Times Editor
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

David Corcoran is the former editor of the Science Times section of The New York Times, and is considered one of the finest editors working in journalism today. He left The Times in 2015, after nearly 30 years as a writer and editor at the paper, including stints as Education Editor and Deputy Editor of the Op-Ed section. He arrived at The Times after a 19-year career at The Record in North Jersey, where he was editor of the editorial pages. He is a former journalism fellow at Stanford University, and his poetry has been published in Podium and Barrow Street.

Undark Launch Party
Cambridge Science Festival
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:00 pm MIT Museum

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the Knight Science Journalism Program’s new digital magazine, Undark. Devoted to rigorous, journalistic coverage of science as a frequently wondrous, but also contentious — and occasionally troubling — byproduct of human culture, Undark Magazine brings back and expands upon the mission of KSJ’s long-popular Tracker blog, and it marks a new era in the program’s design and mission. We’ll raise a glass (or two), introduce our prestigious Advisory Board, and offer insights into the magazine’s goals and mission as part of the 10th Annual Cambridge Science Festival. More details to come.

Seminar with Denise Faustman
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, is Director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her current research focuses on discovering and developing new treatments for type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, including Crohn’s disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, among other conditions. She is currently leading a human clinical trial testing the efficacy of the BCG vaccine for reversal of long-term type 1 diabetes. Dr. Faustman’s type 1 diabetes research has earned her notable awards such as the Oprah Achievement Award for “Top Health Breakthrough by a Female Scientist” (2005), and the “Women in Science Award” from the American Medical Women’s Association (2006).

Book Night with Amy Brand
Thursday, April 28, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

The MIT Press named Amy Brand PhD ’89, an executive with a wide array of experience in academic publishing and communications, as its new director in the summer of 2015. Previously, she worked at Digital Science as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America to manage the US office and develop commercial, policy, and research relationships with North American research institutions. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef.

Seminar with David Kaiser
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

David Kaiser is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Department Head of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and also Professor of Physics in MIT’s Department of Physics. Kaiser’s historical research focuses on the development of physics in the United States during the Cold War, looking at how the discipline has evolved at the intersection of politics, culture, and the changing shape of higher education. His physics research focuses on early-universe cosmology, working at the interface of particle physics and gravitation. His latest book, How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (W. W. Norton, 2011), charts the early history of Bell’s theorem and quantum entanglement and was named “Book of the Year” by Physics World magazine.

Book night  with Maia Szalavitz
Thursday, May 5, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Maia Szalavitz is widely viewed as one of the premier American journalists covering addiction and drugs. A neuroscience writer for and a former cocaine and heroin addict, she understands the science and its personal dimensions in a way that few others can. She is co-author of Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential – and Endangered and The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, both with Dr. Bruce D. Perry. Her 2006 book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids is the first book-length exposé of the “tough love” business that dominates addiction treatment. She writes for a variety of publications including, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Pacific Standard, Scientific American, Nautilus, Matter, Elle, Psychology Today, VICE, and Marie Claire.