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Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum, ABJ ’77, to speak at UGA

Sep. 29, 2016

Writer: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Bud Freeman, budfree@uga.edu

Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist, columnist and the author of five books, will present “The Poisoner's Guide to Life” on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Odum School of Ecology auditorium at the University of Georgia.

The talk, which is part of the Natural History Lecture Series, is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Odum School of Ecology. It is free and open to all and will be followed by a reception and book signing. Copies of Blum’s books will be available for purchase.

In her talk, Blum will tell the story of arsenic, one of the world’s most notorious poisons, and provide an insightful look at the ways poisons have shaped our history and the world as we know it today.

Blum, a graduate of Grady College, is the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has served as president of the National Association of Science Writers, as vice president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and on the board of the World Federation of Science Writers.

Her books include The Monkey Wars (1994), based on her 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the Sacramento Bee about the debate over the use of animals in research; A Field Guide for Science Writers (1997, second edition 2006 ); Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences Between Men and Women (1997); Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection (2002); Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death (2006) and The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (2010), which was made into a PBS documentary in 2014. Her stories and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and many others.

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