Faculty & Staff

debDeborah Blum, Director
dlblum@mit.edu | @deborahblum
Phone: 617.258.8249
Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prizewinning American science journalist, columnist, and author of five books, including The Poisoner’s Handbook (2010), and Love at Goon Park (2002). 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 as vice president 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.
debAnar Badalov, Marketing Manager
Phone: 617.253.0961
Anar Badalov is the digital marketing and communications manager for the Knight Science Journalism Program. He previously worked for eight years at the MIT Press, where he served in various roles, including assistant acquisitions editor and associate publicist. When not developing new social media marketing strategies, Anar can either be found working in the studio as a recording musician or, for the last 10 years, in the ring trading blows as an amateur boxer in the Boston area.
debDavid Corcoran, Associate Director
dacorc@gmail.com | @dacorc
Phone: 617-253-3442
David Corcoran is the former editor of Science Times, The New York Times’s weekly science section. He joined The Times in 1988, where he held a variety of positions over the years, including education editor, deputy Op-Ed editor, and between 2000 and 2010, New Jersey restaurant reviewer for the Sunday Times. His poetry has been published in Podium and Barrow Street, and he is most recently the editor of the book “The New York Times Book of Science: More than 150 Years of Groundbreaking Scientific Coverage” (Sterling, 2015).
janewebJane Roberts, Associate Editor
Phone: 617.258.8889
Jane Roberts is a recent graduate of 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.
bettinawebBettina Urcuioli, Program Administrator
Phone: 617-452-3513
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.
zellerTom Zeller Jr., Editor, Undark
tzeller@mit.edu | @tomzellerjr
Phone: 617.324.4997
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. His most recent work has focused on the often fractious intersection of science, economics, and public policy, particularly as they relate to energy development and climate change. 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.