UW-Madison: Buzzfeed’s Dan Vergano to be spring science writer in residence

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MADISON – Dan Vergano, a veteran science journalist with stints at USA Today, National Geographic and now, the digital news platform BuzzFeed, has been named UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence for Spring 2015.

Vergano will spend the week of April 5 on campus working with students, faculty and staff, and delivering a public lecture, “When Worlds Collide: Science Meets Digital News.” Vergano’s lecture, which is free and open to anyone, will be delivered at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the UW-Madison Memorial Union. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Life Sciences Communication.

As the Washington, D.C.-based science correspondent for BuzzFeed News, Vergano covers the intersection of science and politics for the news division of the frequently irreverent online news source. Prior to his work at BuzzFeed, Vergano worked for two years as a senior writer for National Geographic, and 14 years as a science reporter for USA Today.

Since 1986, the UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence Program has brought the nation’s top science journalists to the UW-Madison campus for extended visits, including three whose work subsequently earned them the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award.

The program is supported by the UW Foundation and is a collaborative project of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and University Communications.