Science Journalism Laureates to sign books

October 26, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The pubic is invited to a forum and book signing Nov. 10 for internationally recognized journalists who write about science.

Four journalists will be named Science Journalism Laureates at Purdue University the day before, joining 22 previous recipients. They were selected based on their thought-provoking work and aptitude for translating scientific discoveries into a format the public can easily understand. Previous honorees have represented The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Nature, Technology Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Financial Times.

The four new laureates and about seven previously selected ones will take part Nov. 10 in a forum on science writing, which will be aired later on "Tech Nation," a public radio show. The forum, in Lawson Hall's foyer, will begin at 10:30 and be followed by the book signing at about 11:30. Those signing books will be 

* Steve Rosenbaum, author of "Curation Nation: How to Win in a World Where Consumers are Creators." 

* Sandra Aamodt, author of "Welcome to your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College" and "Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life." 

* David Ewing Duncan, author of six books including "Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World."

The new laureates are:

Rosenbaum, an author, filmmaker and entrepreneur.  His "Curation Nation" provides a roadmap to a future where humans, not algorithms, help people navigate the rapidly overwhelming Web. As an innovator in film and interactive media, he created MTV UNfiltered, the first user-generated video program for the channel. Rosenbaum has produced films for A&E, Discovery, TLC, The History Channel, National Geographic, Court TV, Trio, HBO, VH1, MSNBC and CNN. As a feature director, he is best known for his film "7 Days in September," which chronicled New York's reaction to the 9/11 attacks. Today he is the founder and CEO of, the video curation platform powering brands, publishing and community media.

Aamodt, an author, editor, freelancer. Her latest book about the brain from conception to college was published in September. Her other book was named Young Adult Science Book of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. Her science writing also has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, El Mundo and the Times of London. She is a former editor-in-chief of Nature Neuroscience, a leading scientific journal in the field of brain research.

Hepeng Jia, currently a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Science News Bi-Weekly, China's first magazine for the scientific community. Since June 2005 he worked as SciDev.Net's regional coordinator for China and is responsible for the Chinese version China Gateway of SciDev.Net. He also writes for Science magazine and the British magazine Chemistry World. He is author of the book "Science Communication in an Era of Globalisation." He was an executive board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists between 2007 and 2011 and has trained more than 1,000 Chinese journalists in science and environmental reporting in workshops he organizes.

Andrea Kissack, senior radio editor and television narrator of QUEST, an award-winning multimedia science and environment series on KQED Public Radio, TV and in San Francisco. Kissack has been at KQED Radio for more than 11 years, working first as a producer for the daily call-in show "Forum," and then as senior producer for "The California Report." She also has worked for CBS Radio and contributed to National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corp. and Public Broadcasting Service.

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Writer: Jeanne V. Norberg, 765-494-2084,

Sources: Professor Gabriela Weaver, 765-496-3055,

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