New date for science presentation

The Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust will hold a seminar on science and environmental reporting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at Fresno State.

The keynote speaker will be Pulitzer Prize winner and author Deborah Blum, director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The title of her speech is “Science Journalism in the Age of Mistrust.” The program is free and open to the public.

The event was originally set for March 18, but it had to be changed because of scheduling issues.

In addition to the speech by Blum, the seminar will feature a panel of top science journalists discussing the challenges of covering science and environmental issues in today’s divided political environment. The panel also will have a representative from the science community to discuss how scientists view media coverage of their subject area.

The panelists will include Bill Manny, a science journalist for Idaho Public Television; Mark Grossi, a longtime Fresno science and environmental writer, and Kerry Klein, of Valley Public Radio, who has a science and journalism background. Dr. Joy Goto, who chairs the Chemistry Department at Fresno State, also will be on the panel.