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Expertise: Emerging global women's leadership; the democratization of science; higher education.
Claudia Dreifus writes about the lives of American and international scientists in her popular interview column in the Science Times section of The New York Times, "A Conversation with..." When the scientific honor society Sigma Xi made her an honorary member last year, they described her as "a pioneering and original force in making science accessible." Ms. Dreifus' interviews with leading figures in world politics, particularly with emerging women leaders, have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Ms., The Nation, Playboy, The Progressive, Mother Jones, Premiere, Town and Country, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Mirabella and AARP's The Magazine, where she is a contributing editor, and many others. Two collections of her interviews, Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times, and Interview, are used as texts in journalism classes throughout the world. Ms. Dreifus has reported from Chile, Nicaragua, Burma and Pakistan. Last year, the American Society of Journalists and Authors awarded her its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. She teaches "Magazine Writing With An International Dateline" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is currently co-authoring a book, Higher Education? with the political scientist, Andrew Hacker to be published in September of 2009 by Holt/Times Books. She will be teaching "Magazine Writing With An International Dateline," at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs," this Fall.
Her various honors and affiliations include the American Society of Journalists and Authors' Lifetime Achievement Award; being nominated for 1992 National Magazine Award by TV Guide for investigative report on censorship, "TVs Censor from Tupelo"; 1987 Outstanding Magazine Article Award from American Society of Journalists and Authors for "Rodrigo's Last Trip Home;" 1987 American Values Award for "How Rural Woman are Saving the Family Farm;" 1987 American Jewish Press Association's Simon Rockower Award for Distinguished Commentary for "Why I Write;" Special Award for Service to Women, YWCA of New York, 1980; Listed, "Who's Who In America, 2000;" Listed, "Who's Who In The World, 2000;" PEN; American Society of Journalists and Authors; The Authors Guild and The National Writer's Union
Read a number of Ms. Dreifus' New York Times pieces here
"How Video Games Could Improve Our Vision," The New York Times, August 27, 2012.
"The Beasts and Beats of Belize," August 19, 2012.
“Studying Evolution with an Eye on the Future,” The New York Times, July 30, 2012.
“A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity,” The New York Times, May 14, 2012.
“Protecting a Species That Most People Fear,” China Daily, April 15, 2012.
Claudia Dreifus’ book Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids – And What We Can Do About It was quoted in “Student Debt Red Herring,” Fox Business, April 4, 2012.
“Helping Species That Leaves Few Feeling Warm and Fuzzy,” The New York Times, March 26, 2012.
“A Quest to Understand How Memory Works,” The New York Times, March 5, 2012.
“A Long Journey to Immune System Insights,” The New York Times, January 30, 2012.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS will interview keynote speaker Dr. Jill Tarter at the Inspiring Womens' Scientists Forum on March 21, 2012.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS moderated “Our Digital Universe: An Evening with George Dyson and Freeman Dyson” at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, March 15, 2012.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS debated the topic, “The American Way of Higher Education - Does it Need Reforming?” at Bridgewater College, March 13, 2012.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS was a guest on Al Jazeera's The Stream, discussing the student loan crisis in the United States and internationally, July 10, 2012.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS was a guest speaker at the University of South Florida, SUNY Geneseo, Evergreen State College in November. Her topics ranged from international science communication to the future of American higher education, January, 2012.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS taught “Writing about Global Science for the International Media,” this spring semester in the new Columbia University Sustainability Management Master’s Degree program within Columbia’s Earth Institute, January 2012.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS moderate "The Future of the Peace Corps: Successes, Failures, and Opportunities for Reform," at Columbia University, November 29, 2011.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS was a mentor at the Adventures of the Mind summit at the University of Montana from June 23-26, where she spoke on the American civil rights movement and the role of idealistic young people in changing their world, July 2011.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS interviewed Canadian psychologist, Ellen Biaylstok, on the physical effects of biligualism, New York Times, May, 30 2011.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS appeared with Dick Cavett on the "Art of the Interview" at the New York Public Library as part of the library's 100th anniversary on May 21, 2011.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS discussed the future of American higher education on NPR's Diane Rehm Show, May 16, 2011.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS, "A Conversation With Stephen Hawking: Life and the Cosmos, Word By Painstaking Word," The New York Times, May 9, 2011.
CLAUDIA DREIFUS was interviewed by Matt Frei of BBC-Radio 4 about the higher education crisis in both Britain and United States, May 8, 2011.