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Dispatches from the Front Lines of Life Sciences

  • The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard 400 Technology Square Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

STAT, a Boston Globe Media website focusing on Life Sciences, is hosting its first panel and Q&A, in partnership with HUBweek this October 2015.

The event, entitled Dispatches from the Front Lines of Life Sciences, will include a panel moderated by STAT editor Rick Berke, exploring the current and future state of life sciences on a local and national level. Panelists include:

  • Carl Zimmer - STAT national correspondent, author and New York Times science columnist
  • Sharon Begley - STAT senior writer and author
  • Meg Tirrell - CNBC biotech and pharma reporter and co-host of STAT podcast

Following the panel, guests will be invited to stay for an exclusive Q&A with Eric Lander, founding director of Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard, and Seth Mnookin, author, co-director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing, and contributing writer for STAT.

STAT is reserving seats at this special event for ScienceWriters2015 attendees. To register, go to Stat's Eventbrite registration page, click "Enter promotional code" in the "Ticket Information" section, and enter the code SCIENCE.

Speaker Bios

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times. He began his career in science writing at Discover, where he served as a senior editor from 1994 to 1999, and has gone on to write for magazines such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Wired. He is  the author of a dozen books, including Parasite Rex and Evolution: Making Sense of Life. Since 2009, Zimmer has been a frequent contributor to RadioLab, where he has talked about everything from giant viruses to the speed of thought. In 2015 he was awarded the Public Service Award by the National Association of Biology Teachers. 

Sharon Begley is the senior science writer at Stat, covering basic research in the life sciences. She was previously the health and science correspondent at Reuters, and before that the science columnist at the Wall Street Journal and a science editor at Newsweek. She is also the author of several books on neuroscience, including Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain.

Meg Tirrell covers the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries for CNBC. She joined the network from Bloomberg News, where she led biotech coverage and contributed to Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Businessweek. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in English and music from Wellesley College.

Rick Berke, Stat’s executive editor, is focused on building a thriving news organization whose journalism will serve as an indispensable guide to the world of life sciences. Before coming to Boston, Rick was a reporter and editor at The New York Times for 28 years, where he served in a series of roles, including as chief political correspondent for more than a decade, national editor, video content editor and two tours as an assistant managing editor. He also served as executive editor at Politico.

Eric Lander is President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute. A geneticist, molecular biologist and mathematician, Dr. Lander has played a pioneering role in all aspects of the reading, understanding and medical application of the human genome. He was a principal leader of the international Human Genome Project (HGP) from 1990-2003, with his group being the largest contributor to the mapping and sequencing of the human blue-print.

Over the past 15 years, Eric and colleagues have continued to develop many of the key tools and informational resources of modern mammalian genomics. They have developed new analytical and laboratory techniques that have been applied to a wide range of common diseases.

A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Eric has been appointed by President Obama to co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is professor of biology at MIT and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School.

Eric earned his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University (1978) and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford University (1981) as a Rhodes Scholar.

Seth Mnookin is Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing and Director of the Communications Forum at MIT. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the National Association of Science Writers “Science in Society” Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prize. He is also the author of the 2006 New York Times bestseller Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top and 2004’s Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. His essays and reporting have appeared in the past two Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies and in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Smithsonian, New York, Wired, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Spin, Slate, and Salon.com.