“Of Frankenfoods and Superweeds: Reporting from the Front Lines
Tuesday, February 24, 2014
4:00 p.m., Lowder Building 113A
Jointly sponsored with the E. T. York Distinguished Lecturer Series in the College of Agriculture
“Good writing will draw readers in and reward them for their attention.” One of Carl Zimmer’s fellow science writers describes his work in this way when explaining why he won the Welcome Trust Science Writing Prize for 2013. Among our foremost science writers, Zimmer is the recipient of many awards, but the sentence quoted above describes his work perfectly. He possesses the rare gift of making scientific discoveries both easily understood and wonderfully exciting. Few people possess greater talent and enthusiasm for making science available to the general public.
Though still youthful, he is author of 12 books. There is likely no way to tally the number of articles he’s written, but the total runs to the hundreds. He has a weekly column in the New York Times and has published articles in National Geographic, Time, Scientific American, Science, and Popular Science. He is currently a lecturer on science and environmental writing at Yale University. He has won many awards and is a sought-after lecturer. And, most notably, he is the only writer for whom a species of tapeworm has been named, Acanthobothrium zimmeri, which was found inside a stingray caught off the north coast of Australia.
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