(Posted March 3, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Cornelia Dean, New York Times science editor, will give a talk at Juniata College on "Science and Society" at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dean oversees the science coverage for the New York Times, particularly in its Tuesday section, Science Times. She has written recent stories on coastal landscapes and development, and on the intersection of science and religion. She has written on evolution versus intelligent design and on the differences between belief in science and belief in God.

She was appointed editor of science news in 1997 and manages daily coverage by the Times' science staff, which includes Science Times and the paper's weekly health page. She works with such reporters as John Noble Wilford, Gina Kolata and Jane Brody.

Dean joined the New York Times in 1984 as an editor on the national desk and in the science department. She worked as deputy science editor from 1987 to 1996 and was named deputy Washington editor in 1994.

Before coming to the New York Times, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Providence Journal in Rhode Island from 1969 to 1984. She has taught reporting and editing at the University of Rhode Island and at the Columbia School of Journalism.

She wrote "Against the Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches" in 1999. The book details how land use and land use abuses affect coastal erosion.

She earned a bachelor's degree in American civilization in 1969 from Brown University. She earned a master's degree in 1981 from Boston University.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.