Faculty & Staff
Deborah Blum, Director
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Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prizewinning American science journalist, columnist, and author of six books, including The Poison Squad (2018), and The Poisoner’s Handbook (2010). She is a former president of the National Association of Science Writers, was a member of the governing board of the World Federation of Science Writers, and currently serves on the board of advisors of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Blum is co-editor of the book A Field Guide for Science Writers, and in 2015, she was selected as the fourth director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.
Lucas Haugen, Program Assistant
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Lucas Haugen is the Program Assistant for the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program and an administrative assistant and proofreader for Undark magazine. He graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also took courses in creative writing. Lucas previously volunteered at the Wisconsin State Historical Museum, and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. Born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Lucas has spent most of his life in state capitals.
Sudhi Oberoi, Audience Engagement Editor
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Sudhi Oberoi is the audience engagement editor for Undark magazine and the Knight Science Journalism Program. Before joining KSJ, she was at MIT’s MindHandHeart (MHH) coalition, where she edited and managed MHH’s blog and social media content. Sudhi hails from India and holds a Master of Science in Physics. She was previously a Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Logan Science Journalism Program. While in India, she was a science writer for CONNECT, the science outreach channel of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Jane Roberts, Deputy Editor, Undark
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Jane Roberts, Deputy Editor of Undark magazine, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Economics, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Before coming to the Knight Science Journalism program, Jane interned with the wealth team at Forbes, where she valued and wrote about some of the country’s richest billionaires. She joined Undark Magazine as Associate Editor in 2016 and has since developed its widely respected fact-checking program.
Ashley Smart, Associate Director
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Ashley Smart joined the KSJ program as associate director in 2018, following eight years as an editor at Physics Today. He received a PhD in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University in 2007 and followed that with a two-year post-doc at the California Institute of Technology before taking up a career in science journalism. A 2015-16 KSJ fellow, he is a member of the advisory boards for the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and for The Open Notebook.
Bettina Urcuioli, Program Administrator
Bettina Urcuioli is Program Administrator for the Knight Science Journalism Program. Prior to joining KSJ, she was the Program Manager for the MIT CoLab’s Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program, a five-year collaboration with the Universiti Tecknologi Malaysia (UTM). Bettina has a particular interest in the global uses and adaptations of online digital learning technologies in higher education and recently completed a graduate certificate from Northeastern in Higher Education Administration with this focus. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Western Ontario and received her B.A. from Indiana University Hutton Honors College.
Tom Zeller Jr., Editor in Chief, Undark
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Tom Zeller Jr. has spent two decades covering technology, energy policy, poverty, and the environment for a variety of national and international publications, including 12 years as a staff writer and editor at The New York Times. Tom is a former grantee of the International Reporting Project, and he was selected as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow in 2013. He joined the KSJ program as the founding editor of Undark in 2015.