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.


Statistics for Science Journalists workshop (private event)
Sense About Science, organizer
Saturday, January 28, 2017, time TBA

Fellows meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

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.

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.

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

Kramer is Professor of Clinical Practice in Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence in Boston University’s journalism department, and founder and director of the Power of Narrative Conference, now in its 17th year.

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

Amy Brand is the director of MIT Press.

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

Spring Break:
March 27-31, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Carl Zimmer
Thursday, April 6, 2017
4:30 p.m. E19-623

Carl Zimmer is a leading U.S. science writer who specializes in the subjects of genetics, evolution and heredity. He is a science columnist for The New York Times, a contributor to STAT, and a member of the Phenomena blog network at National Geographic. Zimmer, is a fellow at Yale University’s Morse College and the author of numerous books, most recently Planet of Viruses, Science Ink, and Evolution: Making Sense of Life (co-authored with Douglas Emien.)

Janet Browne
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Browne is the Aramont Professor in the History of Science at Harvard University, specializing in life sciences, natural history and evolutionary biology from the 17th to the 20th century. She is the author of Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, winner of the History of Science Society’s Pfizer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biology.

Andrew McAfee
Thursday, April 13, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

McAfee, cofounder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy., studies how technological progress changes business, the economy, and society. He is the coauthor with Erik Brynjolfsson of the bestseller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.

Patriot Day Holiday:
April 17-18, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:30 pm

Richard Harris
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
4:30 pm

Harris has been an award-winning science correspondent for National Public Radio since 1986, covering topics ranging from climate change to the SARS epidemic, tuberculosis to the 2011 earthquake-driven tsunami in Japan. He will be talking about his new book, “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hopes and Wastes Billions”.

Maia Szalavitz
Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Szalavitz is a New York City-based writer with a focus on science, public policy and addiction treatment. She was a long-time reporter for Time and has written for publications ranging from The New York Times to New Scientist. She is the author of several books, including Help at “Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids” and the 2016 New York Times best seller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.

Wednesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 6, 2017
Fellows visit to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Whole and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Sophia Roosth
Thursday, May 11, 2017
4:30 pm E19-623

Sophia Roosth is the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first century life sciences, examining how biology is changing at a moment when researchers build new biological systems in order to investigate how biology works.

KSJ Showcase (fellows presentations)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
4-7 pm E19-623

KSJ Showcase (fellows presentations)
Thursday, May 18, 2017
4-7 pm E19-623

Graduation meeting with MIT President Rafael Reif:
Thursday, May 25, 2017
3:30 p.m. (followed by farewell dinner)