Natalie Angier, who won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting for her New York Times stories on a variety of scientific topics, will give a talk on "Science, Sex and Society," on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. in Pomona College's Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).
Angier joined The New York Times as a science reporter in March 1990. Her recent stories have covered a range of science topics from studies focused on babies as the key to understanding human cognition, and the optical purity and chemistry of the color blue, to the much larger than expected kill rates of domesticated cat and, the properties of the earth's core, and the multiplicities of infinity.
Angier is also the author of three books. Natural Obsessions: The Search for the Oncogene (Houghton Mifflin, 1988) won the Lewis Thomas Award for excellence in writing about the life sciences and was cited as one of the best biology books of 1988 by The New York Times and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Library Journal.
Her second book, The Beauty of the Beastly: New Views on the Nature of Life (Houghton Mifflin, 1995) was also cited by Library Journal as one of the best science books of the year. Woman: An Intimate Geography (1999) was a finalist for the National Book Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a New York Times bestseller.
Prior to joining The New York Times, Angier was a freelance science writer and editor, with specialties biology and medicine, regularly contributing to The Atlantic, The New York Times, Parade, American Health, Mademoiselle, Discover and other publications. She was also an adjunct professor in New York University's graduate program in science and environmental reporting.
A graduate of Barnard College, with a degree in English and a minor in physics and astronomy, Angier began her journalism career as a staff writer for Discover magazine from 1980 to 1983. She then served as senior associate editor of Savvy magazine before moving to Time magazine as a staff science and environment writer.
Angier and her work have also been honored with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for excellence in journalism, the General Motors International Biomedical Journalism Prize for outstanding media coverage of cancer, four New York Times Publisher's Awards and the Barnard College Distinguished Alumnae award.
"Science, Sex and Society: A Conversation with Natalie Angier, Author and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Science Columnist with The New York Times," is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.