“The Monsters and the Media: A Fireside Chat on Science, Technology, and Journalism”
Journalists discuss the issues on April 19
Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2005) – Advances in
science and technology come with alarming speed;
journalists must educate the public, but what
kinds of challenges must they also recognize?
How do journalists deal with the political,
cultural, and ethical implications inherent
in scientific advances?
Learn more about “life and death” issues on
April 19 when three noted science writers sit
in on the panel discussion, “The Monsters and
the Media: A Fireside Chat on Science, Technology
and Journalism, in the Standish Room, New Library,
University at Albany’s uptown campus, 4-6 p.m.
The talk is free and open to the public, and
refreshments will be served.
Panelists include Thomas Bass, professor of
English and journalism at UAlbany and author
of five books and numerous articles in such
periodicals as The New Yorker, Wired, Discover,
Omni, and Smithsonian; Richard Tiresi, author
most recently of Lost Discoveries: The Ancient
Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians
to the Maya (2002), co-founder of Omni Magazine
and writer and editor for numerous publications,
including Science Digest and Atlantic Monthly;
and Matt Pacenza, a staff writer for the Albany
Times Union who writes on health, science, and
the environment. The panel will be introduced
by Dean Joan Wick-Pelletier of the UAlbany College
of Arts and Sciences.
This panel discussion is the final presentation
for the University Libraries’ semester-long
program, “What Is ‘Nature’ in the 21st Century?,”
a series of programs, panel discussions, and
films that amplify the themes articulated in
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Co-sponsors and
participants include Albany’s University Libraries,
the Friends of the Libraries, the University
Art Museum, the College of Arts and Sciences,
the Science Library Colloquia, the New York
State Writers Institute, Women’s Studies, the
Institute for Research on Women, the Center
for Humanities and Techno Science (CHATS), the
department of English, the Program in Journalism,
and the School of Information Science and Policy
(SISP). All events are free and open to the
Albany’s University Libraries are ranked as
one of the top 100 research libraries in the
United States by the Association of Research
Libraries. The Libraries serve the University’s
community, the citizens of New York State, and
scholars and researchers from around the world.
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Libraries, see the Website: http://library.albany.edu.