Attention: Hopkins Science Majors Who Get the Lit

Announcing the Francis Bacon Fellowship

Scientist Essayists: The Next Generation

I do now publish my essays, which, of all my other work, have been most current. For that, as it seems, they come home. –Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Sir Francis Bacon—father of empiricism—welcomed the scientific revolution. Bacon also launched a modern tradition of scientists and physicians who eloquently frame questions sparked via their studies. Via the personal essay, these thinkers examine the universe, the Earth, or the living cell.

A select group of undergraduate fellows will attend a four-part Saturday seminar series in April 2016.

The goals:

● Learn the stylistic techniques of the essay form via workshop review, revision and feedback from professors and visiting writers.

● Create a polished essay to submit for publication.

Fellowship grants (ranging from $100 to $400) awarded based on merit.

● Earn a writing-intensive 1 credit in Independent Study.

● Evening events, open to the Hopkins community and public, will feature prominent scientist essayists for Readings and Discussion.

Francis Bacon Fellows will be selected from undergraduate science and engineering majors (including dual writing majors) who demonstrate excellence in writing—an eye for clarity, an ear for language. Peruse the work of biologist Lewis Thomas, surgeon Atul Gawande, astrophysicist Mario Livio, or psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison.

To apply:  Submit 1) a writing sample, such as a short science-oriented personal essay (< 700 words),  as well as 2) a brief statement of purpose (< 300 words) re: why you should be chosen, passion for your field, future interest in writing, etc. to Writing Seminars Lecturer Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, Please send as Word attachments and copied into the email.

Faculty affiliate: Johns Hopkins Associate Research Professor Biology, Jocelyne DiRuggiero

Funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts Innovation Grant


Nuclear Fallout

“History shows us again and again how nature points up the folly of man— Godzilla!”

— lyrics for the song, “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult. Today is the anniversary of the U.S. release of the 1954 film by the same name.