Sex, Flies and Video: Communicating Science to the Public in Words and Images

Abstract: Scientists and journalists have similar, but not identical interests in getting information about their work to the public in an appealing, but accurate way. James Gorman will draw on his experience as a New York Times reporter and editor to talk about these common and competing interests and what works in translating technical information for a popular audience.

Bio: James Gorman is a science writer at large for The New York Times and the host and writer of the regular video feature “ScienceTake.” He has been at the Times since 1993, as an editor on The New York Times Magazine, deputy science editor, editor of a personal technology section, outdoors columnist, science columnist and editor of Science Times. Over the course of his career at the Times and elsewhere, Mr. Gorman has written about everything from the invention of flea collars to the nature of consciousness. Most recently he has covered neuroscience and the lives of animals in and out of scientific research. Before joining The Times, Mr. Gorman wrote books on penguins, dinosaurs, the Southern Ocean and hypochondria. His most recent book is “How to Build a Dinosaur,” 2009, written with the paleontologist Jack Horner. He also writes humor, which he has contributed to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine and other publications. He has taught science writing at New York University, Fordham University and online in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. In the fall of 2011, he was the McGraw Visiting Professor of Writing at Princeton University. Mr. Gorman graduated from Princeton in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in English literature.

Event Details


  • Date: 
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons 152/144

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