BRONX, NY—Lehman College alumnus Steve Mirsky, science editor of Scientific American and author of its popular Anti Gravity column, will keynote Lehman’s Convocation on Wednesday, September 16, and also receive an honorary degree. The public is invited to attend this free annual event, which celebrates the start of the new academic year. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the Lovinger Theatre.
Mirsky’s career as a science journalist was launched with an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship, which he won after earning his master’s degree from Cornell University. After a summer at WSVN-TV in Miami and then a year as a morning radio host for WMCR in Oneida, N.Y., he spent five years writing about basic research for the publications of Albert Einstein College of Medicine before returning to writing and broadcasting.
In 1997, Mirsky joined the staff of Scientific American, where he is now science editor, a member of the magazine’s board of editors, and author of the humorous Anti Gravity column. He also hosts and edits the magazine’s weekly podcast Science Talk, as well as its daily podcast, 60-Second Science, which he produces and often hosts. In 2007, these programs were nominated for a Webby Award (the “Oscar” of the Internet).
His freelance articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Audubon, Wildlife Conservation and National Wildlife, and his broadcast credits include National Public Radio, the Medical News Network and CBS News Overnight. He also has won several science journalism fellowships, including the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, as well as ones at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole (Massachusetts) and at Columbia University. A collection of his Anti Gravity columns was published as the book Anti Gravity by The Lyons Press in 2008, and over 600 of his podcasts are currently posted on the Scientific American website.
Two Lehman faculty members will also address the Convocation: Professor Terrence Cheng of the English Department, who was selected by a faculty and student committee as Teacher of the Year, and Professor Vic Madho of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy and Special Education, who was chosen as Adjunct Teacher of the Year.
Presiding at the Convocation will be Dr. Mary Papazian, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Remarks also will be given by Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, who begins his twentieth year as president of Lehman and is the longest-serving current president of CUNY’s 23 institutions of higher education.