“Readers need to understand that science is not truth: It is a self-correcting search for truth. The fact that scientists don’t always agree is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign that the process is working correctly.”
—Columbia Journalism Review, March 20, 2015
Guardians of the Flame: Parting Thoughts on Science, Journalism, and Progress
My one-year term as acting director of Knight Science Journalism at MIT—the world's leading fellowship program for science and technology journalists—ended on June 30, 2015. In these parting thoughts, I tried to explain why I'm an optimist, not just about the future prospects for science and technology journalists and allied craftspeople, but about the future of our species.
I was thrilled to be the guest on the July 24, 2015 episode of the Inquiring Minds science podcast with Indre Viskontas and Kishore Hari. Inquiring Minds is a production of Climate Desk, and previous guests have included folks like Steven Pinker, William Gibson, Adam Savage, Mary Roach, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Indre asked me about all my favorite questions, such as how disasters (both natural and technological) shape public understanding of, and attitudes toward, science and technology, and why it's important to see climate change is a slowly unfolding disaster story.
Covering Innovation and Ideas from Boston to Silicon Valley
Nobody needs a PhD in the history of technology to be a technology journalist—but it doesn't hurt. Since finishing my degree at MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society in 1994, I've worked to move beyond the "gee whiz" approach to science and technology writing and help readers balance wonder with skepticism. In my stories for Science, Technology Review, Xconomy, and other publications, I aimed to look inside the organizations where big advances take shape, ask how these changes will alter our culture and our economy, and show readers what they can do to respond and adapt.
Clips from Xconomy & Elsewhere >