October 16-17, 2018 | Lincoln, Nebraska
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Ed Yong
The Atlantic
I contain multitudes:
Telling stories about microbes and the people who study them
The microbial world is endlessly fascinating to those who study it, but a source of fear and disgust to most people. Ed Yong, author of the New York Times bestselling book I Contain Multitudes will show how to bridge that gap by telling stories about the microbiome, providing an insider's look at how science writers craft their pieces, and examining why storytelling is crucial to science.
Ed Yong is a science journalist who reports for The Atlantic, and is based in Washington DC. His work appears several times a week on The Atlantic's website, and has also featured in National Geographic, the New Yorker, Wired, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, and many more. He has won a variety of awards, including the Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences in 2016, and the National Academies Keck Science Communication Award in 2010. I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, his first book, became a New York Times bestseller and inspired an online film series, an anthology of plays, and a clue on Jeopardy! Ed has a Chatham Island black robin named after him.