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Turning Your Science into an Op-Ed

January 19, 2021

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Climate change. Gene editing. Facial recognition. Increasingly, the public looks to science for guidance on moral and policy decisions. And a newspaper or magazine op-ed can be a powerful way for scientists to help inform the public discourse. In this workshop, I’ll discuss why you should write an op-ed, and I’ll give tips on pitching your idea to an outlet and writing a compelling essay for a general audience. This workshop is open to MIT Graduate students. Any remaining spots will be open to members of the MIT community starting July 17. Please RSVP. About the speaker: Ashley Smart is Associate Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and Senior Editor of Undark magazine. He received a PhD in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University in 2007 and followed that with a two-year post-doc at the California Institute of Technology before taking up a career in science journalism. He is a member of the advisory board of the Council for the Advancement of Science writing and a co-chair of the diversity committee at the National Association of Science Writers.

Registration requested via Handshake. Open to MIT undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.


January 19
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm




MIT Career Advising & Professional Development