Mr. Shurkin is sponsored by the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute
Joel is a science writer emeritus at Stanford University and has taught science journalism at Stanford, the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he was the Snedden Chair. Joel founded the science writing internship program at Stanford. He was the science writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer and was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Three Mile Island. Joel was also chief of the space bureau for Reuters, covering all the Apollo missions while a national correspondent for them based in New York. He also was a correspondent for United Press International in Israel in 1967 and the Dominican Republic in 1965, and UPI bureau chief in Baltimore and Cleveland. Joel is the author of nine books on science and the history of science. "True Genius" is his third biography, including "Terman’s Kids" (the biography of Lewis Terman, inventor of the IQ test) and "Broken Genius," the biography of William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor.