Christie Aschwanden to be UW-Madison science writer in residence

MADISON – Science journalist and author Christie Aschwanden will visit UW-Madison next week as its science writer in residence, the school announced Thursday.

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Christie Aschwanden

Aschwanden is the former lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and previously was a health columnist for The Washington Post. She also is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Earlier this year, Aschwanden published “Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science of Recovery,” a book that explores how the body can best recover and adapt to sports and fitness training.

As part of the science writer in residence program, Aschwanden will be on campus Oct. 14-18, spending her time visiting classes, meeting with students and faculty and participating in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Science Festival. The discussion, titled “The Use and Abuse of Scientific Evidence,” is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison. It is free and open to the public.

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