SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, April 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

Nov. 9, 2010, San Diego, Ca.. — Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio’s Science Friday, is visiting Scripps Institution of Oceanography to receive the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. Photo by Earnie Grafton/The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Public Radio’s Science Friday host Ira Flatow will present a talk on “Science & the Media: Getting Past the Gate Keepers” on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Hansen Theatre.

With 1.8 million radio listeners each week, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology, and other cool stuff. His talk concludes the university’s 22nd annual Student Academic Conference, which takes place that day in the Comstock Memorial Union.  

Flatow, an award-winning journalist with more than four decades of experience on radio and television, will surely deliver the talk in his trademark entertaining and energetic style, which makes science fun and understandable for people of all ages.

Flatow has covered stories from Three Mile Island, Antarctica and the South Pole. His numerous TV credits include the four-part series, Big Ideas, six years as host and writer for the Emmy award-winning Newton’s Apple, and as a science reporter for CBS This Morning and CNBC.

Flatow has talked about science on the Today Show, Oprah and webcasts for Discovery Online, The Great Planet Debate, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He has also co-starred on the hit CBS series The Big Bang Theory. He is the author of several books, including, Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature.

Flatow’s leadership in the world of science communication has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Isaac Asimov Award, the Nierenberg Prize, National Science Teachers Association Faraday Science Communicator Award, the National Science Board Public Service Award, and the Carl Sagan Award.

Flatow’s “Science & the Media: Getting Past the Gate Keepers” is supported by the Judith A. Strong Endowment in collaboration with the College of Science Health and the Environment.