Special Program / Science as Story

Ruth Kassinger

Biology on the Page: Delighting the Reader with Fascinating Facts

Thursday, April 16th  |  7 pm  | ONLINE via GoToWebinar

There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo and so much more. Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us is by turns icky, delightful, and amazing, and it was on nearly a dozen “Best Of” lists in 2019. And for good reason. In it, Ruth Kassinger reveals the surprising truth about what most people think of as “pond scum”: that without algae, none of us would exist.


Q & A with Ruth Kassinger: A moderated discussion about writing

Friday, April 17th  |  10 am  |  ONLINE ONLY

Join Ruth Kassinger, author of Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us, in an intimate setting to explore the use of narrative in her work.


Ruth Kassinger is the author of Paradise Under Glass and A Garden of Marvels, as well as a number of award-winning science and history books for young adults. She has written for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Health magazine, National Geographic Explorer, and other publications. She is a frequent speaker at conservatories, arboretums, and garden clubs, and has been featured on radio shows and Voice of America.



3/12  Azra Raza  |  The C Word: Writing About Cancer Using Scholarship and Empathy
3/22  Amanda Little  |  Climate Change at Home: Bringing a Global Problem to the Dinner Table
3/26  Dawn Raffel  |  A Doctor in Time: Making History Matter to a Modern Audience
4/02  Danielle Ofri  |  
Medical Error: The Untold Story in Medicine
4/16  Ruth Kassinger  |  Biology on the Page: Delighting the Reader with Fascinating Facts


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