UW-Madison: Science writer David Dobbs to visit UW-Madison


CONTACT: Terry Devitt (608) 262-8282, [email protected]

MADISON – Author and science journalist David Dobbs will visit UW-Madison during the week of Nov. 4 as the 2012 fall Science Writer in Residence.

Dobbs is the author of the recent Atavist best seller, “My Mother’s Lover,” and contributes features and essays for The Atlantic, Wired, National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications.

He is the author of several books, his most recent being “Reef Madness,” which explores an argument that Charles Darwin had about how reefs form. He is currently writing a new book, “The Orchid and the Dandelion,” which explores the genetics of temperament.

Dobbs will visit the Madison campus the week of Nov. 4. He will spend the week teaching and exploring campus. He will give a free public lecture, “Working the Mystery: How to Write Real about Genes, Mind, Science, and Culture,” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Memorial Union (check TITU).

The UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence Program, now in its 26th year, seeks to bring some of the nation’s top science writers to Wisconsin as a resource for the university community and others. It was established with support from the Brittingham Trust and continues with support from the UW Foundation. Past visiting writers include many of the nation’s leading science writers, including three whose work subsequently earned them the Pulitzer Prize.

The UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence Program is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and University Communications.