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.

Private Event:
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Tour
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
meet @4:30 pm at E19-623

Fellows will be given a tour of the control room of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, led by MIT astrophysicist Claude Canizares.

Ehsan Masood
Thursday, October 27, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Masood is editor of Research Professional News and instructor of international science policy at Imperial College in London. He will be discussing his new book, The Great Invention: The Story of GDP and the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World.

Marc Shotland
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Shotland is director of Training and Senior Research Manager at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory (J-PAL) at MIT. The lab seeks to reduce poverty through research, outreach, and training, in countries across the world.

Gideon Gil
Thursday, November 3, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Gil is managing editor for enterprise and partnerships and oversees investigative projects and special projects at STAT, a Boston-based digital publication, affiliated with The Boston Globe, that focuses on medicine, health and life sciences.

Ayanna Thomas
Tuesday, November 8
4:30 pm E19-623

Prof. Thomas is founder and principal investigator of the Cognitive Aging and Memory Laboratory at Tufts University, where she studies metacognition, memory distortion, eyewitness testimony and age-related memory changes in the human brain.

Science panel
Thursday, November 10
4:30 pm
Organized by David Cameron, Media Relations Director, Harvard University
Location, TBA

Undark project workshop
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Private Event
Thursday, November 17, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Daniel Nocera
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Prof. Nocera is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University and long-time researcher into sources of alternative energy, notably the “artificial leaf” system.

Thanksgiving break
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Steven Barrett
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Prof. Barrett is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Finmeccanica Professor of Engineering, and Director of the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment at the MIT. He studies environmental impacts of aviation, aerospace, atmospheric modeling, propulsion, and quantifying the environmental impacts of other sectors of the economy – particularly ground transportation.

Andrew Revkin
Thursday, December 1, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Revkin is an American science and environmental writer, well known for his coverage of climate change and for his Dot Earth blog at The New York Times. He has written on a wide range of subjects including destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, science and politics, and the North Pole

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
4:40 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 is the author of the upcoming book, Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, Heal. (National Geographic)