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Telling Stories with Scientists

Hosted by American Museum of Natural History and SpotOn NYC

wednesday, February 20, 2013

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

American Museum of Natural History

Communicating science is often done best with a story. But doing that clearly, accurately, and in an engaging way can be an extraordinary challenge for the journalists, editors, scientists and others who write those stories. Science is nuanced and filled with caveats, which can make it a difficult subject for weaving a narrative.

On the other hand, the scientists who are experts themselves often aren’t practiced in crafting clear and compelling narratives – or they don’t have the time to do so. If that wasn’t enough, social media and other digital technologies have vastly expanded the ways stories can be told. In this discussion, hear from writers, editors, interactive designers, and others on the process of working with scientists to construct the best possible story.


Ben Lillie

 Lillie is the Co-founder and Director of The Story Collider, where people share true, personal stories of science in their lives. He is also a Contributing Editor for TED.com, a former high-energy particle physicist, and a Moth StorySLAM champion.


Meehan Crist

Crist is writer-in-residence in Biological Sciences at Columbia University, where she is working on a book about traumatic brain injury. Previously, she was reviews editor at The Believer and she is a founding member of NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists and writers.

Carter Emmart

As Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, Emmart directs the Museum’s groundbreaking space shows and heads up development of an interactive 3D atlas called The Digital Universe.

Amy Harmon

Harmon is a national correspondent for the New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner who covers the impact of science and technology on American life.

John Rennie

Rennie is an award-winning science writer, editor and lecturer. For 15 years, he served as editor in chief of Scientific American.

Jer Thorp

Thorp is an adjunct professor in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, co-founder of The Office for Creative Research, and former data artist in residence at the New York Times.


A beer and wine reception will follow the panel discussion.

Hosted in partnership with SpotOn NYC.

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Social Media Week

Telling Stories with Scientists

February 20, 2013 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Hosted by American Museum of Natural History and SpotOn NYC