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JMM Boston: panel event “Reaching the public”

January 4, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Reaching the Public: Why, Where, and How to Tell Math Stories in Newspapers and Popular Books

Sheraton Boston, Fairfax A

Guest on panel chaired by Susan D’Agostino

with Daniel Taber

As a faculty member, you regularly share your knowledge of and passion for math with students. But has your voice and expertise reached those beyond your classroom? In this time of science denialism, publishing math stories in newspapers, magazines, and books aimed at the general public is a rewarding pursuit that builds your personal platform while enhancing public math literacy. News and magazine editors are eager to hear from mathematicians, but they need you to reach out to them. Likewise, book editors are also eager to hear from mathematicians, but they often want to see that you have first published stories in public-facing newspapers and magazines. Come listen to honest tales of what works and what doesn’t from a mathematics book editor at Oxford University Press and a mathematician-turned-journalist who has published math and science stories in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Wired, Quanta Magazine, National Public Radio, and BBC Science Focus. Get inspired and leave with ideas for how you might take your first—and later—steps pursuing a side gig as a public math intellectual.


January 4, 2023
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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