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 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:
KSJ Soundings
Thursday, September 8, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Fellows deliver presentations about their work in science journalism, about 10 minutes each, plus general Q&A.

Ethan Zuckerman
Director, Center for Civic Media @MIT
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
4:30 pm @MIT Media Lab

Zuckerman’s research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activities. He is the author of the 2013 book, ReWire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, and the founder of Geekcorps, a technology volunteer group that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations.

Private Event:
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Thursday, September 15, 2016
4:30 pm, AAAS

The Knight Science Journalism Fellows join Harvard’s new Nieman Fellows for a meeting at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Ed Yong
Science writer for The Atlantic, best-selling Author of “I contain Multitudes”.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
3:00-4:00 pm, E19-623

A private discussion between Ed Yong and the KSJ fellows will be followed by a public talk about Yong’s book exploring the influential role of microbes in all life on Earth (including ours). The book talk, is co-sponsored by the Simons Center for the Social Brain, and will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in the Singleton auditorium in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT Building 46-3002. Books will be available for sale through MIT Press at the event.

In this talk, based on his New York Times bestselling book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, science writer Ed Yong will take us on a tour of our microbial partners and the astonishing ways in which they shape our lives. You’ll learn how bacteria have shaped animal evolution, why breastfeeding is about more than just babies, how animals can survive without mouths or guts, why Australian scientists are fighting tropical diseases by releasing infected mosquitoes, and what the microbiome means for human health.

The IgNobels
Thursday, September 22, 2016
6:00 pm, Sanders Auditorium
Harvard University

KSJ Fellows enjoy an evening of science, silliness, and silly science. Tickets provided.

Calestous Juma
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Juma — a Professor of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Program at the Belfer Center for International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, comes to KSJ to discuss his book, Innovation and Its Enemies.

Private Event:
Visit to Jackson Lab &
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
Tuesday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2016
Bar Harbor, Maine

A four-day excursion to Bar Harbor, Maine where fellows will have the chance to tour and meet in private with staff of these two venerable scientific institutions.

Private Event:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
4:30 p.m. E19-623

Alice Dreger
Thursday, October 6, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

A science historian, bioethicist, and expert in issues of gender identity, Dreger will join KSJ to talk about her book, Galileo’s Middle Finger.

Massimiano Bucchi & Felice Frankel
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Bucchi is a professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Trento in Italy, a scholar of visual communication of science, and editor of the journal, Public Understanding of Science. He will be joined by Felice Frankel, an MIT researcher and internationally-known photographer and expert in scientific images.

McKenzie Brady Watson
Thursday, October 13, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

McKenzie Brady Watson is a literary agent with New Leaf Literary & Media of New York City. Her informational meeting with KSJ Fellows will be immediately followed by a 6:30 p.m. reception at the Broad Institute for KSJ fellows and graduate students in the science writing programs at MIT and Boston University.

David Kaiser
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

David Kaiser is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Professor of Physics at MIT. His books include Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005), which received the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society for best book in the field; and How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011), which was named “Book of the Year” by Physics World magazine. He is currently writing two books about gravity: a physics textbook with his colleague Alan Guth on gravitation and cosmology, and a history of research on general relativity over the twentieth century.

Ivan Oransky
Thursday, October 20, 2016
4:30 pm E19-623

Oransky is vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today. He is also Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, co-author of “The Watchdogs” column at STAT, and co-founder of the websites, Retraction Watch and Embargo Watch.

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.

More events to follow…