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Science Editor for BuzzFeed News Headed to Campus

Virginia Hughes

Virginia Hughes will give the University of Tennessee’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture on Tuesday, March 29 at 8 p.m. in the College of Nursing Auditorium.  Hughes’ Hill Lecture is free and open to the public.

Before joining BuzzFeed News as Science Editor in 2015, Hughes was a freelance journalist specializing in genetics, neuroscience, and biotechnology. National Geographic published her blog, Only Human, 

and her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Slate.  In 2012 and 2014 Hughes’ science stories were selected to appear in The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

For her Hill Lecture, Hughes will speak on "In Defense of Clickbait.”  “Science is a human endeavor like any other,” she says, “and so science news should be like any other kind of news: urgent, informative, provocative, compelling – and, on the web, yes, clickable.”