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Maggie Koerth-Baker will be a Unit One Guest-in-Residence Feb 23-27

Maggie Koerth-Baker will be a Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence 2/23-2/27

Maggie Koerth-Baker is a freelance science journalist and science editor at, one of the most-read blogs in the United States with millions of monthly readers. Her monthly column for The New York Times Magazine covers the intersection between science and culture. Her work has appeared in the magazines Discover, Popular Science, and New Scientist, and on websites for Scientific American and National Geographic News. She is the author of two books: Be Amazing, a tongue-in-cheek self-improvement guide written with the publishers of mental_floss magazine; and Before the Lights Go Out, her new book about how our energy systems were built, how they work today, and how they will influence what we can and can’t do over the next 30 years.

Sunday, Feb 23
7pm – Opening Program: Meet Maggie Koerth-Baker (south rec room)

Monday, Feb 24
7pm - Putting the Fun Back in Infrastructure - a tour of the electrical grid, how it works, where it came from, and how it shapes our energy future. (south rec room)

9pm – Tea Time: Let’s play Powergrid, the game (guest apartment)

Tuesday, Feb 25
7pm - 6 things you can learn from a science journalist - a talk about how to talk to the public

9pm – Tea Time: Careers in Journalism (guest apartment)

Wednesday, Feb 26
7pm - Why the electric car really died: How the theory of "technological momentum" can give you a totally different view of history (south rec room)

9pm – Tea Time (guest apartment)

Thursday, Feb 27
7pm - Body of Work: Three important things we can learn from the history of human experimentation (south rec room)

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