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Stephen S. Hall, Award-Winning New York Times Magazine Writer, 2012 Hill Lecturer

Stephen HallStephen S. Hall, a science writer famed for his New York Times Magazine cover stories and his six books, gave the University of Tennessee’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture on Tuesday, March 13.

Hall spoke on his book, “Alternate Universes: Different Ways of Thinking about Science – and Science Journalism,” and his many experiences writing in the science journalism field.

Steve Hall has been writing about science for 30 years. In addition to many cover stories for The New York Times Magazine, his articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, New York Magazine, Science, Scientific American, Discover, The Sciences, Smithsonian, Technology Review (where he wrote the “Biology, Inc.” column), and other national publications.

Hall is also the author of six nonfiction books about contemporary science, most recently Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience. His other books explore how boys and men are affected by their height, efforts to lengthen the human lifespan, stimulating our immune system to attack cancer, synthesizing the human gene, and developing ways to visualize discoveries about the ocean floor, the distribution of galaxies, subatomic collisions, and more.

Hall’s speech is this year’s Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture – the 20th in the series. The Hill Lectures bring distinguished science journalists to campus to share their thoughts on science, society, and the mass media. The lectures are made possible by an endowment created by Tom Hill and Mary Frances Hill Holton in honor of their parents, Alfred and Julia Hill, founders of The Oak Ridger. The Hill family’s endowment of the lecture series was a gift to the UT School of Journalism & Electronic Media in the College of Communication & Information.

The University Center, site of Stephen S. Hall’s Hill Lecture, is at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Phillip Fulmer Way. Parking is available in the garage on Phillip Fulmer Way next to the University Center. Refreshments will be served before and after the lecture.