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 2017-18, the following visitors gave seminars and met privately with students or edited their work:

  • Carrie Kahn, Mexico City Bureau Chief, NPR. Subject: Podcasting.
  • Julia Calderone '14, The New York Times. Subject: Professional Web sites.
  • Lauren Morello, bureau chief, Americas, Nature. Subject: Professional cover letters.
  • Michelle Nijhuis, freelance environmental and science journalist. Subject: Essays
  • Lauren Oakes, ecologist and author, The Canary Tree. Subject: Book proposals.
  • Nadia Drake '11, contributing writer, National Geographic. Subject: Travel reporting.
  • Ben Welsh, investigative journalist, Los Angeles Times. Subject: Spring-quarter investigative reports.
  • Michael Lemonick, Opinion editor, Scientific American. Subject: First-person essays.
  • Rhett Butler, creator and editor 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: Profiles.
  • Rachel Goodman, Santa Cruz broadcaster. Subject: Podcasting.