Cornelia Dean, book author, science writer and former science editor of The New York Times and internationally known expert on coastal conditions. She’ll talk how rising seas threaten coastal cities around the world and what they can do about it.
Cornelia Dean is a science writer and former science editor of The New York Times and a distinguished visiting lecturer at Brown University.
From January 1997 until June 2003, she was science editor of The Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, engineering, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section. Previously she held other editing positions in the department. In her editing tenure of the science section members of its staff have won the Pulitzer Prize twice and were finalists three times. Previously, she was deputy Washington editor.
She is the author of “Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches” (1999), a Times notable book of the year. A book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life is in press (Harvard University Press).
Before her appointment by Brown, she taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on the public’s understanding of science, environmental policy and other issues at Harvard, where she was twice honored for distinction in teaching.
She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and lives on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass.