Robert Lee Hotz

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

The science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Lee Hotz writes about cutting-edge research on climate change, cosmology, molecular medicine, the human brain and much more. He has traveled three times to the South Pole.

He is president of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funds independent journalism projects worldwide, and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. Hotz is among America's most respected science journalists and has covered science and technology for 40 years on topics ranging from neuroscience to human origins and space exploration. His reporting has taken him from the launch pads of Cape Canaveral to the penguin colonies of Antarctica.

In 1986, Hotz was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of genetic engineering issues, which explored the legal, moral and social impacts of biotechnology, and again in 2004 for his coverage of the investigation into the Columbia space shuttle accident. He shared in The Los Angeles Times’ 1995 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Northridge Earthquake. His work has received many other honors, including awards from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine; The Society of Professional Journalists; the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and the American Geophysical Union.

He is the author of Designs on Life, Exploring the New Frontiers of Human Fertility, and a contributor to several books on research issues. He has traveled three times to the South Pole and twice to the Greenland ice cap north of the Arctic Circle, under the auspices of the National Science Foundation. He is a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an honorary life member of The Research Society Sigma Xi. Hotz received his B.A. in English, magna cum laude, and M.A. in theater history from Tufts University.

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