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“The Monsters and the Media: A Fireside Chat on Science, Technology, and Journalism”
Journalists discuss the issues on April 19

Contact: 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 public.

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