Media & Society Series Will Culminate With Robert Irion

February 01, 2017


Co-sponsored with Porter College, Robert Irion, a National Geographic contributor and a U.C. Santa Cruz Science Communication faculty member will be discussing the stakes of contemporary science journalism, his collaborations with Neil Degrasse Tyson, and the early history of the solar system at this year's Kresge Lecture Series, Media & Society.

The Media & Society series has hosted talks with numerous journalists involved in print or broadcast journalism.

In the recent past, they have had Julie Snyder, known for her award-winning podcast called SERIAL and Mimi Lok, activist advocate whose oral history series called Voices of Witness was published by McSweeneys. Last November, the series also hosted award-winning journalist Anna Maria Berry-Jester who discussed her FIVETHIRTYEIGHT feature on the Flint water crisis at the talk.

With the next event featuring Robert Irion, the media series will now turn to the field of science. 

Irion has been a freelance journalist for many publications and was formally the US correspondant in astronomy and astrophysics for Science. Other national clients include National Geographic (cover story, July 2013), Smithsonian, Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, Slate, Reader's Digest Books, and Muse.

Rob has won three national writing awards in the physical sciences, including one from the American Institute of Physics for his coauthored book, One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos (Joseph Henry Press, 2000), with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Charles Liu.

He served as co-chair of the NASW Education Committee for six years, leading to the Diane McGurgan Service Award from NASW, and has been a longtime board member of the Northern California Science Writers Association. Rob has a B.S. in earth and planetary sciences from MIT. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Boston before graduating from the Science Communication Program in 1988.

In light of the recent political attacks on science and climate change, it will be interesting to see what Robert Irion will discuss. To learn more about Robert Irion's work, you may attend his talk which will take place on Tuesday, Aprill 11th at the Kresge Town Hall starting at 6:30PM.