Carl Zimmer, New York Times

Facing an era when science is on trial and attacked like never before, Dean Lloyd Minor speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist and author Carl Zimmer. Their discussion explores how leaders can address declining public trust in science and the medical establishment, the challenge of successfully communicating complex and critical scientific information, and how to bolster healthy dialogue between governments, scientific institutions, and the general public.  


Meet Carl Zimmer

Science journalist and author

Carl Zimmer, who writes the weekly science column “Matter” in The New York Times, was a member of the newspaper’s team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2021 for its coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Zimmer is the award-winning author of 14 books, including “Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive,” “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity,” and “Soul Made Flesh,” a history of neuroscience. His writing has earned a number of awards, including the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded by the Society for the Study of Evolution. Three of his books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. 

Zimmer is an adjunct professor at Yale University, where he teaches writing. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom both a species of tapeworm and an asteroid have been named. 

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