Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prizewinning American science journalist, columnist, and author of five books, including The Poisoner’s Handbook (2010), and Love at Goon Park (2002). She is a former president of the National Association of Science Writers, was a member of the governing board of the World Federation of Science Writers, and currently serves as vice president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Blum is co-editor of the book A Field Guide for Science Writers, and in 2015, she was selected as the fourth director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.

     Her work has been published in The New York Times, WIRED, The Guardian, and many other publications.

Patricia Thomas is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Georgia, where she mentors students in the MFA Program in Narrative Media Writing. She held the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at UGA until 2017, and launched the professional MA program in health and medical journalism in 2005, leading her graduate students on reporting expeditions to post-Katrina New Orleans and the North Georgia Mountains. Thomas earned degrees from UC Berkeley and Stanford, then worked as a

reporter, editor and author for more than three decades before joining the UGA faculty. She wrote Big Shot: Passion, Politics, and the Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine, a Washington Post notable book.

Kevin Begos is a reporter and freelance journalist whose work has been described as a “model of investigative journalism.” He has won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Washington Monthly, The Newspaper Guild of America, and Associated Press Managing Editors. He is a former Associated Press correspondent; the author of Tasting the Past; and co-author of Against Their Will: North Carolina's Sterilization Program and the Campaign for Reparations. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Tablet, and scores of newspapers. His reporting is featured in Dawn Sinclair Shapiro's documentary The State of Eugenics, which aired on PBS. Kevin has reported from Afghanistan, Sudan, Russia, and many other countries.


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