March 10, 2009
Journalist and author Eric Roston to provide keynote address
LYNCHBURG – Nationally-recognized science journalist and author Eric Roston will kick off Randolph College’s second annual Symposium of Artists and Scholars April 17 at 1:30 p.m.
The symposium, which spotlights student and faculty research and projects from all areas of study, will be held April 17-19. The events, including Roston’s speech, are free and open to the public.
The two-day symposium features oral presentations of student research, readings of creative work, musical performances, and exhibitions of student artwork. The symposium concludes with a poster session and reception in Smith Banquet Hall.
The student Symposium of Artists and Scholars provides Randolph College students from all classes and disciplines the opportunity to present the results of their research, scholarship, and creative work to the entire College community and beyond.
Eric Roston is a science journalist in Washington, DC, and author of THE CARBON AGE: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat. He is also senior associate in the Washington, DC, office of The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, of Duke University. He joined the institute after a year-long term as a visiting scholar at the Washington energy and economics think tank, Resources for the Future.
Previously, Roston wrote for TIME, where he covered economics, politics and technology. He joined the magazine in 2000 as a business reporter in the New York bureau, covering stories such as the collapse of Enron, China's emergence as a force in global trade, and how advanced computing technologies are reshaping the economy. An eyewitness to the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Roston was a part of the reporting team that won a National Magazine Award for best single-issue coverage.
In September 2002, Roston became a part of TIME's Washington bureau. He traveled with President George W. Bush and Senators John Kerry and John Edwards during the 2004 election campaign, providing reporting to the magazine's political team. He was also a frequent contributor to the magazine's work on energy, technology environment, and health. In the spring of 2004, he became Time.com's first blogger, writing a daily commentary on "the technology that will carry us through tomorrow – and the stuff that keeps us stuck in yesterday."
Roston has been a guest on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," CleanSkies.tv, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBC, National Public Radio and many radio stations. Prior to TIME, he wrote for LIFE magazine and contributed to Slate.com, where he wrote the "Today's Papers" column. Roston, who is fluent in Russian, holds an M.A. in Russian literature and linguistics, and a B.A. in modern European history, both from Columbia University.
For more information on Randolph’s Symposium of Artists and Scholars, please see http://www.randolphcollege.edu/x14435.xml.