Visiting Instructors

Carrie Kahn, NPR Mexico City Bureau Chief, with the SciCom class of 2018.

Distinguished visiting lecturers are a key part of the SciCom curriculum. They teach detailed seminars, in person or via Skype. Many guests meet with students to provide editorial feedback.

Visitors are chosen for their desire to help new science writers and for their national prominence. Many students maintain contact with them after graduating from the program.

In 2018-19, the following visitors gave seminars and met privately with students or edited their work:

  • Julia Calderone '14, senior staff editor, The New York Times. Subject: Professional Web sites.
  • Jennifer Kahn, contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine. Subject: Magazine writing.
  • Scott Thurm, editor, WIRED. Subject: Magazine writing.
  • Laura Helmuth '98, health, science and environment editor, The Washington Post. Subject: Profiles.
  • Lauren Morello, bureau chief, Americas, Nature. Subject: Professional cover letters.
  • Amy Maxmen, reporter, Nature. Subject: International reporting.
  • Ben Welsh, investigative journalist, Los Angeles Times. Subject: Spring-quarter investigative reports.
  • Michael Lemonick, opinion editor, Scientific American. Subject: First-person essays.
  • Erika Aguilar, producer, KQED. Subject: Podcasting.
  • Rhett Butler, founder and CEO of the international news site Mongabay.com. Subject: News articles about recent papers in environment and conservation.
  • Douglas Fox, freelance environmental and science journalist. Subject: Magazine features.
  • Kendall Powell '02, freelance health and medical writer. Subject: Negotiating freelance contracts.