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Public talk by Joe Palca, NPR science correspondent

October 23, 2013

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., 1100 Social Sciences and Humanities Building. Admission is free (RSVP in advance: https://joepalcaatucdavis.eventbrite.com).

Joe Palca is a familiar voice bringing news about scientific discoveries to National Public Radio's millions of listeners. In this free public lecture, "Science and news: A marriage of convenience," he will talk about stories he's covered, the stories behind the stories, and what goes in to turning a piece of fundamental research into a news story for a nation of nonscientists.

Palca earned a Ph.D. in psychology at UC Santa Cruz and has worked in journalism since 1982, in television, print and since 1992 at National Public Radio, where he has covered a wide range science topics from astrophysics to zoology. He occasionally fills in as guest host on Science Friday.

Palca has won numerous awards, including the National Academies Communications Award, the Science-in-Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Chemical Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing.

Palca's visit to campus is sponsored by the UC Davis Coastal Marine Sciences Institute, the Office of Strategic Communications, John Muir Institute of the Environment, REACH IGERT, CCWAS IGERT, Center for Population Biology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

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