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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 6, 2008

(MAHWAH) – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and science writer Natalie Angier will be the guest speaker at Ramapo College’s Opening Convocation Wednesday, September 17 at 1 p.m.  The Convocation will be held in the Arena of the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center located on campus.  The public is invited to attend; admission is free.  For information, please call 201.684.7910.

In her book “The Canon,” Angier draws on conversations with hundreds of the world’s top scientists and her work at The New York Times to create an entertaining guide to scientific literacy.  From stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming, the book helps readers understand scientific issues of the times.

All incoming freshmen of Ramapo College’s Class of 2012 are reading “The Canon” over the summer and will discuss the book in their First Year Seminar Course.  The course introduces students to college-level work and prepares them for the subsequent courses they will take.  Opening Convocation provides an opportunity for students to learn what drives this successful author and how scientific literacy is vital to their education.

Angier was born in New York in 1958.  While in college she studied English, physics and astronomy.  At the age of 22, Angier was hired as a founding staff member for Discover magazine, launched in 1980 by Time Inc, where she specialized in writing about biology.  She also worked as a science writer for Time, an editor at the now-defunct Savvy and a professor at New York University’s Graduate Program in Science and Environmental Reporting.  In 1990, she began working for The New York Times and the following year won a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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