BA (Biology) Brown University, 1989
MA (Biological Psychology) University of California, Berkeley, 1998
Office: CMU 127
Usha Lee McFarling, Artist In Residence, is a science journalist who has worked at the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau and covered a wide range of topics from astrophysics and seismology to neuroscience, medicine and climate change. She uses literary and narrative tools to enhance storytelling despite the technical — and sometimes intimidating — nature of scientific topics. She is interested in how complex topics in science, health and the environment are conveyed to a general audience and how the communication of scientific information to the general public is evolving with the onset of new media tools. Her work has won a number of awards, including the George Polk Award, Grantham Prize, AAAS Science in Society Award and AGU Walter Sullivan Award. In 1992, she was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for a year of study at MIT. In 2007, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for “Altered Oceans,” a series in the Los Angeles Times.
Altered Oceans: A Five-Part Series on the Crisis in the Seas. Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling, photography and video by Rick Loomis. 2006. Los Angeles Times.