Science Journalist Usha Lee McFarling

I Feel Like I’m Driving Into Paradise Every Day

Usha Lee McFarling is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who has covered a wide variety of science news, including astrophysics, seismology, neuroscience, medicine, and climate change. She is currently a regular contributor of opinion pieces to the Los Angeles Times and senior editor and writer at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Before moderating a Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County panel titled “Are Americans Turning Against Science?” at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, McFarling spoke in the green room about her gardening skills, why her children …

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UCLA Sociologist Jeffrey Guhin | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

UCLA Sociologist Jeffrey Guhin

I Do a Lot of Things That Are Very Dorky

Jeffrey Guhin is an assistant professor of sociology at UCLA. His first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is a comparison of two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high …

California Coastline Commission Member Effie Turnbull Sanders | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

California Coastline Commission Member Effie Turnbull Sanders

I Climbed Trees, and Got Dirty, and Was Extremely Competitive in Everything I Did

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Los Angeles Times Environment Reporter Rosanna Xia | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Los Angeles Times Environment Reporter Rosanna Xia

Journalism Mobilizes People to Care About Something

Rosanna Xia is an environment reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering the California coastline. She writes articles that connect science and policy, and she previously reported on natural disasters. …