Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-Prize winning science writer and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined MIT in 2015 after teaching journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than a decade. She is the author most recently of The Poisoner's Handbook, which was made into an acclaimed PBS documentary. She is author of several other books, including Ghost Hunters: William James and the Scientific Search for Life After Death, and a co-editor of A Field Guide for Science Writers. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers and, in addition to serving on the CASW board, is a member of the Board on Life Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the Program Committee for the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists.