National science reporter speaks to UGA students

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A national science reporter for NPR visited the University of Georgia last Tuesday to speak to students, faculty, staff and visitors about global health issues.

Rob Stein, who is an award-winning science journalist with more than 25 years of experience, mostly covers health and medicine topics. He tends to focus on stories that illustrate the intersection of science, health, politics, social trends, ethics, and federal science policy. He also tracks genetics, stem cells, cancer research, women’s health issues and other science, medical, and health policy news.

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Before going to work for NPR, Stein worked at The Washington Post for 16 years, first as the newspaper’s science editor and then as a national health reporter. Earlier in his career, Stein spent about four years as an editor at NPR’s science desk. Before that, he was a science reporter for United Press International (UPI) in Boston and the science editor of the international wire service in Washington.

According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, Stein spent the evening delivering a talk entitled “From AIDS to Zika: The View from the NPR Science Desk.”

“Stein’s talk at UGA is part of the Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard series, which is sponsored by the UGA Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases and the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism,” the article reads.

Stein’s work has been honored by many organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

The lecture was free of charge and was held in the UGA Chapel.

The 2017 Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard series will continue with two additional speakers. Deborah L. Birx, M.D., an International AIDS researcher and former Ambassador-at-Large, U.S. Department of State will talk on March 21 about global efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.

And on April 11, Richard W. Steketee MD, MPH, Director, Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) Program, PATH, will speak about moving to malaria elimination in parts of Africa.