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A Day in the Life of...A Science Writer

Submitted by Lori Conlan November 9, 2010
Mariette DiChristina

This fall, OITE is hosting "A Day in the Life of...," a series of interactive, online chats exploring a variety of careers in science. In September, we heard from David Kosub, a Public Health Analyst, about careers in science/public health policy, and chatted with Philip Mayer, an Assistant Vice President of Pfizer, in October to explore careers in big pharma.

This month, we are featuring careers in science writing and will chat with Mariette DiChristina (left), Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American. Below are the details of the chat, as well as a bio of Ms. DiChristina. Click here to set up an email reminder for our talk next Thursday. Cheers!

EVENT: "A Day in the Life of...A Science Writer"

DATE: Thursday, November 18, 2010

TIME: 12 pm - 1:00 pm EST

GUEST: Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American / Past President, National Association of Science Writers (2009-2010)

Mariette DiChristina oversees Scientific American,, Scientific American MIND and all newsstand special editions. A science journalist for more than 20 years, she first came to Scientific American in 2001 as its executive editor. She is also the former president (2009-2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers. She has been an adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the past few years. DiChristina is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Yale University and New York University among many others.

Previously, she spent nearly 14 years at Popular Science in positions culminating as executive editor. Her work in writing and overseeing articles about space topics helped garner that magazine the Space Foundation’s 2001 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. In spring 2005 she was Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her chapter on science editing appears in the second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers. She is former chair of Science Writers in New York (2001 to 2004) and a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Recently, DiChristina was honored by New York’s Italian Heritage and Culture Committee in their October 2009 celebration of Galileo’s contributions to science.

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