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A Dean’s Speaker Series

The Writing Initiative and the Department of Biological Sciences

This series of lectures, workshops and discussions over the 2016-2017 academic year highlights the importance, craft  and career options of writing about science for a broad audience.  It is directed at scientists and non-scientists, and especially our students—graduate and undergraduate—as they consider careers of public and scientific importance. 

The second event in the series will be an informal workshop for graduate and undergraduate students. Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Alumni Office. RSVP by December 2 to ScienceCafe.


Science Writing Café

Featuring Binghamton Alumnus, Lee A. Dugatkin, PhD ’91

Distinguished scientist, textbook writer, and popular book writer

December 5, 2016
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Old O'Connor Building
Alumni Lounge


Love writing? Love the sciences? Wonder how you can combine them—as a scientist or a science writer? Grad students and undergraduates from every discipline are invited to a special workshop to explore this unique career niche.


Lee Dugatkin received his PhD in Biology from BU in 1991, under the guidance of EvoS faculty, David Sloan Wilson. He is a professor and distinguished university scholar in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. His main research area is the evolution of social behavior. He has authored over 125 articles on evolution and behavior in such prestigious journals as Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has written seven books, including The Altruism Equation and Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America. His newest book, How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution, will be published in March 2017.


Hosted by the Alumni Office, EvoS and Writing for the Sciences-A Dean’s Speaker Series. All are welcome!  RSVP by December 2 to ScienceCafe.  Space is limited.

The first in the series will be held:

October 21, 2016
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Science 1 Room 149

Doing Math in Public

Steven Strogatz, Cornell University

In the spring of 2010, Dr. Steven Strogatz wrote a 15-part series on the elements of math for the New York Times. To his surprise -- and his editor's -- each piece climbed the most emailed list and elicited hundreds of appreciative comments. In this talk he’ll describe his  adventures in bringing math to the masses, with thoughts about what worked...and what didn’t.


Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. He works in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, often on topics inspired by the curiosities of everyday life. He has blogged about math for the New York Times and has been a frequent guest on RadioLab and Science Friday. His honors include a Marshall Scholarship; a Presidential Young Investigator Award; the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science; and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book, The Joy of x, has been translated into 15 languages.

Steven Strogatz

PLEASE NOTE:  Future events in this Series are upcoming - details will be announced.

Last Updated: 12/9/19