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Cristine Russell, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Environment and Natural Resources Program,Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written about science, health and the environment for more than three decades. She is a contributing editor to Columbia Journalism Review, a correspondent for The Atlantic, and a former national science reporter for The Washington Post and The Washington Star. Ms. Russell is the current President of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, a group of distinguished journalists and scientists dedicated to improving science news coverage for the general public. She is also a past president of the National Association of Science Writers and a contributor to A Field Guide for Science Writers (2006). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society; she also serves on the boards of the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Commonwealth Fund andMills College. Ms. Russell has a biology degree from Mills College. She was a Spring 2006 Fellow at the KSG Shorenstein Centeron the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Her research focuses on the future of science writing and how to improve news media coverage of controversial scientific issues, from climate change to avian flu.