Mariette Di Christina (COM '86) Distinguished Alumni Awards 2016

Mariette DiChristina is the eighth Editor-in-Chief in the 171-year history of Scientific American, [...]and the first woman to assume the role; she is also Director of Editorial & Publishing, Magazines, for Nature Research, part of the parent company Springer Nature. Under her direction, Scientific American has won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence and received several other nominations. A science journalist for more than 20 years, she received a Folio Top Women in Media Award in 2014 in the category of Corporate Visionaries, and was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2011 for her work in science communication. She has an avid interest in STEM education, and has been chief judge of the Google Science Fair since its inception in 2011, as well as organizing four STEM Summit events with Macmillan Learning in Manhattan. She was the Vice-Chair (2014-2016) for the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils. She was also the president (in 2009 and 2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers. She was a Visiting Scholar (in 2014 and 2015) and adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the several years.

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