Seminars & 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 bma@mit.edu with your name and affiliation to request a reservation.

SPRING 2017:


Statistics for Science Journalists workshop (private event)
Sense About Science, organizer
Saturday, January 28, 2017, time TBA
E19-623


Fellows meeting 3:30-4:30p.m.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

followed by Paula Hammond seminar
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.


David Kaiser
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
4 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.


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. She will be discussing book publishing in general, with an emphasis on her plans for shaping MIT Press in the modern digital era, the rise of academic trade publishing, and the role of university presses in the publishing market.


Metastatic Breast Cancer Project
Thursday, March 23, 2017
4 pm, The Broad Institute

A visit to the Broad’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Project, which uses social media to recruit patients to share their DNA and medical records, with the goal of building databases that will help in the search for new treatments. Presenters will include Corrie Painter, a Ph.D. cancer researcher who herself has battled angiosarcoma and leads the recruiting effort; and Dr. Eliezer Van Allen, a clinical computational oncologist who runs a precision medicine lab at Dana-Farber.


Spring Break:
March 27-31, 2017


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

Jane Roberts is associate editor of Undark and the magazine’s lead fact-checker, which will be the subject of her presentation.


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.)


R. Scott Kemp
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
5 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.


Patriot Day Holiday:
April 17-18, 2017


Tipping the Scales on Climate Change: Covering and Communicating an Unthinkably Big Problem
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m. The Broad Institute

A Cambridge Science Festival Event: In its physical, political, and ethical dimensions, the climate change problem is mind-boggling — and perhaps more complex than any other humanity has ever faced. Join the Knight Science Journalism Program and Undark Magazine for a short film and panel discussion aimed at bringing the problem down to size. Panelists include Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney; Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication; climate activist Nicole Hernandez Hammer; and former Obama climate policy adviser Bina Venkataraman. Moderated by climate journalist Andrew C. Revkin.


Richard Harris
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
4 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


Andrew McAfee
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
4:30-6 pm E19-623

Andrew McAfee is co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Business, where he studies the ways that digital technology is changing businesses, industries, economies and societies.


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