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New York Times reporter to be science writer in residence

October 5, 2009

Andrew Revkin, New York Times science reporter and the fall science writer in residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will present a public talk on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Plenary Room, 1310 Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave.

Revkin’s presentation — titled “9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?” — will explore how we are (and are not) working to smooth the road to a stable, prosperous human population. A panel discussion on the intersection of science and journalism will follow. The event will be held from 3-5:30 p.m., with the talk beginning at 3 p.m. and the panel discussion following at 4 p.m.

Revkin has been a science writer for nearly a quarter century, reporting for Science Digest and the Los Angeles Times and serving as a senior editor at Discover before moving to The New York Times in 1995. He has taught environmental reporting at Columbia University.

His talk and the panel discussion, both free and open to the public, are sponsored by Wisconsin Ecology, the UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and University Communications.