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NY Times Reporter and Author Gina Kolata to Speak at NSU’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Oct. 18

NSU will welcome Gina Kolata, a New York Times health and science reporter and the author of numerous books, to campus on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. She will speak and meet with students as part of the college’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Gina Kolata is a New York Times reporter who covers science and medicine. She is also the author of six books and editor of three – all designed to demystify the science of personal health. They include her recently published book, “Mercies in Disguise.”

Kolata’s acclaimed writing and front-page New York Times stories—on stem cell research, new cancer treatments, exercise, cloning, and more—have influenced public policy and upended conventional wisdom. She relates it all to the bigger picture: what it means for the reader and their future.

Her work has won numerous prizes and she was a Pulitzer finalist twice. Kolata writes her books to engage the reader as much as they engage her. She wants them to be page turners, but true, absolutely factual, and rich with ethical and social issues so that readers come away haunted by what they have just read.

Kolata studied molecular biology as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a master’s degree from University of Maryland, College Park in mathematics. She joined Science magazine as a copy editor in 1973, and wrote for the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal from 1974 until she moved to the New York Times in September 1987. She remains a Health & Science reporter at the newspaper. Kolata has taught writing as a visiting professor at Princeton University and frequently lectures across the country. She and her husband, William G. Kolata, have two grown children, Therese and Stefan.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for attendance. They will be available to the public as of Monday, October 9, and can be picked up at the Farquhar Honors College Office of the Dean in the Mailman-Hollywood Building (second floor), Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. There is a limit of two tickets per person. For more information, call (954) 262-8236 or email dss@nova.edu.