Science Writer Maryn McKenna visits
Posted December 06, 2010
Maryn McKenna, award-winning independent science writer, visited
the Texas A&M University science and technology journalism
(STJR) program November 29 through December 1.
During her stay, McKenna visited two STJR classes. In one, she
discussed issues faced as a science writer. In the other, she
dispensed advice on science writing and described her daily
McKenna said she spends the first 2 hours of her day scouting
science news websites and blogs. This information came as a relief
to some. "After listening to her, I felt less guilty about checking
blogs first thing in the morning," said STJR student George
McKenna also met one-on-one with STJR students. Topics of
discussion included writing technique, career options, and
While visiting, McKenna gave two open presentations. The first
was about MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus), the protagonist of her book Superbug.
The second, supported by funding from the Western Regional
Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious
Diseases Research, focused on H1N1 influenza and its coverage in
the popular media.
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