Center for Science Writings

Stevens Institute of Technology created the Center for Science Writings in 2005 to draw attention to writings, from books to blogs, that shape public perceptions of science. Stevens hired the science journalist John Horgan to serve as Director of the Center. The Center, which is part of the College of Arts & Letters, sponsors free, public events at which prominent writers--including journalists, scientists, engineers, philosophers and other scholars--visit Stevens to discuss science-related issues. Stevens freshmen taking introductory engineering courses receive credit for attending selected CSW events. Attending the CSW lectures is also required for students taking Horgan's course HST401: Seminar on Science Writing. CSW Director Horgan writes "The Scientific Curmudgeon," a weekly column published by the Stevens newspaper, The Stute. The column comments on scientific topics as well as promoting CSW and CAL activities.

FALL 2014 EVENTS:

Wednesday, September 24, 3-4:30 p.m., Babbio 122
David Epstein (Sports Illustrated), "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance"
Former Sports Illustrated writer and college speaker David Epstein talks about his bestseller The Sports Gene, which explores how nature and nurture contribute to athletic performance. 

Wednesday, October 15, 3-4:30 p.m., Kidde Auditorium (room 228)
Madhusree Mukerjee (Science Journalist), "Sexual Violence and Development" 
Madhusree Mukerjee, author of Churchill's Secret War and other acclaimed books, presents evidence that industrial development in India, usually hailed as a success story, is exacerbating violent oppression of women. This talk is co-sponsored by the Gender and Cultural Studies Program. 

Wednesday, October 22, 3-4:30 p.m., Babbio 122
Andrew Russell (Associate Professor of History, Director of the STS Program at Stevens), "The Promise and Perils of Open Systems"
A professor at Stevens Institute, Russell will discuss his acclaimed book Open Standards and the Digital Age, which challenges myths about the origins of the Internet. 

Wednesday, November 19, 3-4:30 p.m., Babbio 122
Caleb Scharf (Astrophysicist, Columbia University), "Is Our Existence a Fluke?"
Columbia University astrophysicist Caleb Scharf will talk about his new book, The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities, which explores scientific investigations into the probability of the Solar System, Earth, life and consciousness. 

For a list of past CSW events, click here.

All CSW events are free and open to the public. For more information contact CSW Director John Horgan. The CSW is part of the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The CSW Staff

John Horgan, Director

John Horgan, who came to Stevens in 2005, is a science journalist and author of four books: The End of Science (1996), The Undiscovered Mind (1999), Rational Mysticism (2003) and The End of War (2012). He writes columns for Scientific American online and BBC Knowledge Magazine. His honors and awards include the 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion; the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992 and 1994); and the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award (1993). His work has received international coverage, including front-page reviews and news articles in The New York Times, London Times and Washington Post. He has been interviewed hundreds of times for print, radio and television, including The Lehrer News Hour, Charlie Rose and National Public Radio's Science Friday. Horgan holds a BA in English from Columbia University's School of General Studies and an MS from Columbia's School of Journalism.

For more information, please visit John's personal website.

Lisa Dolling, Co-Director

In addition to being Co-Director of the Center for Science Writings, Lisa Dolling is Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens and associate professor in and director of the philosophy department. She holds a BA in philosophy, with minors in English and French literature, from Manhattanville College. She has since earned a certificate of completion cum laude from the Higher Institute of Philosophy in Louvain, Belgium and an MA in Philosophy from Fordham University. She went on to receive her PhD in Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her primary specialty is the philosophy of science, but her interests include hermeneutics, aesthetics, feminism, women philosophers, the philosophy of literature, and the philosophy of education. She edited the collection The Tests of Time: Readings in the Development of Physical Theory, and has published articles on Hermeneutics, Epistemology, and the work of several philosophers. Prior to coming to Stevens, Professor Dolling was a member of the philosophy department at St. John's University, where she also worked as the Executive Director of the University Honors Program, Director of the Womens Studies Program, and Coordinator of the Science and Religion project.