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Alfred & Julia Hill Lectures

The Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture series on science, society, and the mass media was established in 1989 by Tom Hill, former publisher of The Oak Ridger, and Mary Frances Hill Holton in honor and memory of their parents.

Alfred and Julia Hill founded The Oak Ridger in 1949, seven years after the government established Oak Ridge to house workers on the atomic bomb project. The Oak Ridger was the first successful privately owned newspaper in the city and marked an important stage in the transition of Oak Ridge from federal operation to private ownership and self-government.

Tom Hill and Mary Frances Hill Holton were also the principal benefactors of an endowment for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media in 1987 to match State of Tennessee contributions to establish the Julia G. and Alfred G. Hill Chair of Excellence Professorship in Science, Technology, and Medical Writing and the Science Communication Program at the University of Tennessee.

Hill Lecture History

March 31, 2020Robin Lloyd, Scientific American Writer and EditorThe End of Investigative Science Writing?
April 2, 2019Sarah Holt , Scientific, and Historical film workTurning Complex Science Stories into Compelling Television
April 10, 2018Mark Schleifstein, The New Orleans Advocate, Environmental writerCovering the environment as the media transforms around you
April 4, 2017Joel Achenbach, Washington Post science writerNavigating the Era of Fake News, Pseudoscience, and Bunk
March 29, 2016Virginia Hughes, BuzzFeed News science editorIn Defense of Clickbait
March 24, 2015Joe Palca, Science Correspondent for National Public RadioExplaining the Universe in Two Minutes or Less
March 11, 2014Ron Winslow, Medical Writer for The Wall Street JournalCovering Science: Worst of Times, Best of Times
April 2, 2013Jeffrey Kluger, Science Writer for Time magazineScience as Civilizer
March 13, 2012Stephen S. Hall, New York Times Magazine writerAlternate Universes: Different Ways of Thinking about Science – and Science Journalism
April 12, 2011Michael Waldrop,  Nature editorLessons My Stories Taught Me
March 16, 2010Richard Harris, National Public RadioCovering Climate Change in a Changing Media Climate
March 31, 2009Tom SiegfriedScience News magazineOdds Are, It’s Wrong: The Misuse of Math in Science, Medicine, and the Media
March 25, 2008Alan Boyle, Science Editor for MSNBC.comBritney Spears vs. Chimps with Spears: Taling about Science in a Tabloid Culture
2007Robert KrulwichWhat a Reporter Learns from Dylan, Coltrane, and Chumbawamba: Journalism as Music
2006Michael D. LemonickCrank or Genius – How Does a Science Writer Tell the Difference?
2005Jonathan WeinerOn the Writing of His Brother’s Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine
2004Paula ApsellWhat’s Hot, What’s Not in Science Programming
2003John Rennie              Naysaying the Nincompoops: On Being a Maven in a Misinformed Era
2002David Quammen            Midnight in the Garden of Fact and Factoid
2001Sharon Begley            Why Science Journalism Isn’t Science
2000John Noble Wilford      Science Journalism Across Two Centuries
1999Robert Kanigel           The Perils of Popularizing Science
1997Jon Franklin             The End of Science Writing
1996Jim Detjen               Environmental News: Where Is It Going?
1994Victor Cohn              Reporting – Good and Bad – on Health in America
1993Gina Kolata              Medical Reporting: Where the Story Lies
1991Dorothy Nelkin           Risk Communication and the Mass Media
1989John Noble Wilford      Science as Exploration