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Press Release January 08, 2010

Mariette DiChristina honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women


Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina will today be honored for her accomplishments in science journalism and leadership abilities. DiChristina has been selected by the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) as one of their "Three Wise Women" of 2009. NOIAW will honor DiChristina, Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino and Attorney Maria T. Vullo today during the annual "Three Wise Women" Epiphany celebration at the Columbus Citizens Foundation in Manhattan.

"I feel honored and grateful to receive this prestigious award from the National Organization of Italian American Women, whose inspiring mentoring work has benefited so many," said Mariette DiChristina, who is the first woman to head Scientific American in its 164-year history.

NOIAW was founded in 1980 to create a national network to support the educational and professional aspirations of its members and to create positive role models in the Italian American community. For the past 29 years, NOIAW has honored many extraordinary Italian American women and men including Congresswoman Rosa Delauro, Paul Sorvino, and Matilda Raffa Cuomo.

This marks the second occasion in just a few months where DiChristina has been recognized for achievements in her field. In October 2009, she was honored by New York's Italian Heritage and Culture Committee in their celebration of Galileo's contributions to science.

Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American in December 2009, Mariette DiChristina oversees the print and online editions of Scientific American and Scientific American Mind, as well as all newsstand special editions. She is based in Scientific American's office in New York City. A science journalist for more than 20 years, DiChristina first came to Scientific American in 2001 as its executive editor, a position she held until her current appointment. Prior to joining Scientific American, DiChristina spent nearly 14 years at Popular Science in positions culminating as executive editor. The current president (in 2009 and 2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers, DiChristina has also been an adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the past few years. DiChristina is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Yale University and New York University among many others.

Tickets for the Greater New York Epiphany 2010: A Celebration in Honor of the Three Wise Women are available for purchase at NOIAW's website.

Photographs : are available on request.

Links : Scientific American appoints Mariette DiChristina Editor-in-Chief (December 3, 2009)


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