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Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer speaks at Lawrence Tech March 20

Release Date: March 10, 2008

Southfield, Mich. New York Times science reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner John Noble Wilford will deliver the Walker L. Cisler Lecture at Lawrence Technological University on Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.

The free program open to the public will be held in the Lear Auditorium (T429) in the University Technology and Learning Center (UTLC) at 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Wilford has covered science news at The New York Times since 1965. He has traveled the globe to report on space exploration, astronomy, archeology, paleontology and many other fields of science. He won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1984 and 1987. He is the author of “We Reach the Moon,” “The Mapmakers,” “The Riddle of the Dinosaur,” “Mars Beckons” and “The Mysterious History of Columbus.”

As director of science news at The New York Times during the 1970s, Wilford launched the “Science Times” section that has been honored for its “sustained, comprehensive and high-quality coverage about science, disease and human health.”

Wilford has explained that he approaches science as an exercise of “informed wonder.”

“I supply the inquisitive wonder, and the scientist I interview informs me from the knowledge that his wonder has given him,” Wilford said.

For examples of his responses to recent questions from readers, see (link).

The annual lecture series at Lawrence Tech is named for a noted Detroit industrialist who led the Detroit Edison Company from 1954 to 1971. Cisler was an ambassador for the American electric utility industry, working closely with government leaders to bring the benefits of electricity to many countries around the world. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and funded by the Holley Foundation.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.