Recorded Live On: 5/16/2007
Gina Kolata is a senior writer for The New York Times who reports on science and medicine. She has won numerous awards for her reportage on mathematics and science, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundationâ€™s media award for reporting on womenâ€™s issues and breast cancer, and the annual American Mathematics Society award for reporting on mathematics. In 1999, she won first prize in the Front Page Awards for deadline reporting from the News Womenâ€™s Club of New York. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting in 2000. In 2004, she received the College of Life Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland and the Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award from the American Statistical Association â€œin recognition of an exemplary career of high quality and in-depth reporting of scientific and public health issues, and most particularly for her clarity and accuracy in explaining complex statistical concepts, methods and conclusions.â€
Kolata graduated from the University of Maryland and studied molecular biology at the graduate level at MIT for a year and a half. Then she returned to the University of Maryland and obtained a masterâ€™s degree in applied mathematics. Kolata has taught writing as a visiting professor at Princeton University and frequently gives lectures across the country. She lives in Princeton , New Jersey , with her family.