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Alfred & Julia Hill Lectures

The Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture series on science, society, and the mass media was established in 1989 by Tom Hill, former publisher of The Oak Ridger, and Mary Frances Hill Holton in honor and memory of their parents.

Alfred and Julia Hill founded The Oak Ridger in 1949, seven years after the government established Oak Ridge to house workers on the atomic bomb project. The Oak Ridger was the first successful privately owned newspaper in the city and marked an important stage in the transition of Oak Ridge from federal operation to private ownership and self-government.

Tom Hill and Mary Frances Hill Holton were also the principal benefactors of an endowment for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media in 1987 to match State of Tennessee contributions to establish the Julia G. and Alfred G. Hill Chair of Excellence Professorship in Science, Technology, and Medical Writing and the Science Communication Program at the University of Tennessee.

Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture Series
April 4, 2017 Joel Achenbach, Washington Post science writer Navigating the Era of Fake News, Pseudoscience, and Bunk
March 29, 2016 Virginia Hughes, BuzzFeed News science editor In Defense of Clickbait
March 24, 2015 Joe Palca, Science Correspondent for National Public Radio Explaining the Universe in Two Minutes or Less
March 11, 2014 Ron Winslow, Medical Writer for The Wall Street Journal Covering Science: Worst of Times, Best of Times
April 2, 2013 Jeffrey Kluger, Science Writer for Time magazine Science as Civilizer
March 13, 2012 Stephen S. Hall, New York Times Magazine writer Alternate Universes: Different Ways of Thinking about Science – and Science Journalism
April 12, 2011 Michael Waldrop,  Nature editor Lessons My Stories Taught Me
March 16, 2010 Richard Harris, National Public Radio Covering Climate Change in a Changing Media Climate
March 31, 2009 Tom SiegfriedScience News magazine Odds Are, It's Wrong: The Misuse of Math in Science, Medicine, and the Media
March 25, 2008 Alan Boyle, Science Editor for MSNBC.com Britney Spears vs. Chimps with Spears: Taling about Science in a Tabloid Culture
2007 Robert Krulwich           What a Reporter Learns from Dylan, Coltrane, and Chumbawamba: Journalism as Music
2006 Michael D. Lemonick      Crank or Genius – How Does a Science Writer Tell the Difference?
2005 Jonathan Weiner           On the Writing of His Brother’s Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine
2004 Paula Apsell              What’s Hot, What’s Not in Science Programming
2003 John Rennie               Naysaying the Nincompoops: On Being a Maven in a Misinformed Era
2002 David Quammen             Midnight in the Garden of Fact and Factoid
2001 Sharon Begley             Why Science Journalism Isn't Science
2000 John Noble Wilford       Science Journalism Across Two Centuries
1999 Robert Kanigel            The Perils of Popularizing Science
1997 Jon Franklin              The End of Science Writing
1996 Jim Detjen                Environmental News: Where Is It Going?
1994 Victor Cohn               Reporting – Good and Bad – on Health in America
1993 Gina Kolata               Medical Reporting: Where the Story Lies
1991 Dorothy Nelkin            Risk Communication and the Mass Media
1989 John Noble Wilford       Science as Exploration