The Center for Science and the Common Good presents Science Writer in Residence Faye Flam, who will present a lecture titled “What I Learned About Science and Religion by Writing an Infamous Sex Column” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Flam is a science writer for WHYY’s NewsWorks, where she hosts a blog called Lightning Rod. She is also author of The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man, and keeper of Higgs, a physics-loving cat that writes an online column for Parade magazine. She critiques her fellow journalists at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker.
Flam earned a degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and started her writing career with The Economist. She went on to cover the particle physics and cosmology beat at Science Magazine before coming to the Philadelphia Inquirer to write about science for the general public. She wrote two weekly science columns covering the science of sex, which led to her book. Another column, “Planet of the Apes,” explored the topic of evolution.
The Center for Science and the Common Good provides opportunities for all Ursinus students to consider the impact of science on the common good and is a resource for students on the impact of science and society. It is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.