An occasion which marked the distinction of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in serving up key insiders to inform ingenues of the reality underpinning their dreams, with the NYTimes apparently lone science daily reviewer (did we understand correctly?) Jennifer Senior giving a few basics about which of the 15 choices served her weekly (check that) she might immediately throw into the circular file (ones in which self serving contrarianism was detected quickly earned this distinction), then a remarkably enlightened publisher-editor Eamon Dolan of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt who vouchsafed he was looking for texts which “changed my mind”, and finally Harold Varmus, a scientist who had climbed to a peak of renown by winning the Nobel but who then found that writing the required book induced a feeling comparable to “sitting down in the dentist’s chair”, though when it was suggested that he might enjoy more writing a second book morally reviewing science and its needed reforms from his observation post at his current tippy top position helping guide research at the nation’s leading cancer research center Memorial Sloane-Kettering after running the whole NIH for a time, and perhaps include a way to save distinguished leaders of science in his field such as the famously exact Peter Duesberg of Berkeley from the noxious consequences of flouting group think by their reviewing and dismissing the favorite paradigm of the field which he Varmus had conquered so decisively, he allowed it might be a good idea but he felt that the topic of that particular colleague was one that people had understandably got tired of after thirty years, since it was after all water under the bridge, even if it was true that Duesberg’s original papers had never been refuted on the same intensively peer reviewed level in the same prestigious journals as they were launched.
Lab Lit: Writing, Publishing, and Reviewing Books About Science
In this inaugural “Random Walk” event, sponsored by the NYU Science Communication Workshops and Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, with the support of the Simons Foundation, we convene three experts to discuss what goes into a compelling book about science, what reviewers look for, and how to get it published.
We will also be celebrating the debut of the Cooper Square Review, an online publication devoted to book reviews, essays and musings from and about the world of science.
Sharing their expertise at the event will be:
* Jennifer Senior, daily book reviewer, New York Times
* Eamon Dolan, editor, Eamon Dolan Imprint/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
* Harold Varmus, former director of NIH, Nobel Laureate, author of The Art and Politics of Science
As part of an experiment in science communication, our guests will briefly discuss science publishing in a traditional panel discussion, and then will fan out around the room to interact with smaller groups of audience members interested in their particular area of expertise. Audience members will move from speaker to speaker in a “Random Walk.”
We’ll be serving wine and appetizers along with good conversation.
This event is open to the public.
May 10th, Wed, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
7th Floor Commons
20 Cooper Square, NY