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Ivan Amato is a long-time science writer, podcaster, and science cafe host. He recently has taken up the art of crystal photomicrography in which a microscope serves as a window through which the beauty of the world, on its smaller scales, becomes manifest. He lives in Hyattsville, MD, with his wife, a teacher, author, and catalyst of creativity.
In addition to publishing books, He has written and edited for many publications, among them, Time, Fortune, Discover, the Washington Post, Technology Review, Nautilus, Quanta, Science, Nature, Science News, Science, and Chemical & Engineering News. I have worked as a consultant for the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST), the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Materials Research Society, among others. I have done broadcast stints with National Public Radio and Discovery Communication’s Science Channel. In recent years, I has introduced a live channel communication into the mix by founding two science cafe series: DC Science Cafe in Washington, DC, and Cafe KITP in Santa Barbara, CA. I have played managerial roles for several roles, including a four-year stint as managing editor of Chemical & Engineering News. In addition, I am a public speaker on a range of subjects, including science, technology, and communications, and an organizer and facilitator of panels, talks and other public engagements.