Anuraag Bukkuri, a PhD student in integrated mathematical oncology at the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center, will be the 2022 AMS Mass Media Fellow. He will spend 10 weeks this summer as a journalist for The Miami Herald, reporting on science and related topics.
In his research, Bukkuri applies perspectives from mathematics, ecology, evolution, and Earth history to cancer therapies. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota. Growing up, he wrote short stories and poems, but his interests in science and writing did not overlap at first.
"In more recent years is when I saw a big gap in the mathematical field for bringing our ideas, our passion for math, [and] the applications of math in the real world to the public,” Bukkuri said. In an article appearing in The Conversation last year, he described how evolutionary game theory could improve cancer treatment.
COVID-19, climate change, rising sea levels, the Everglades—all these scientific topics matter to the people of South Florida, Bukkuri said. He is looking forward to talking with local experts and using his training as a mathematician to write for Herald readers in a clear and methodical style.
Bukkuri is one of 28 fellows who will be embedded in newsrooms across the country this summer. “To join this group of truly distinguished people—not only in my cohort, but for decades—is truly an honor, and I hope to be able to learn from everyone over the years to come." After the fellowship, Bukkuri plans to pursue an academic research career while continuing to write.
About the Fellowship
Organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship program improves public understanding of science and technology by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate science, mathematics, and engineering students in media outlets nationwide. Fellows work for 10 weeks over the summer as reporters, researchers, and production assistants alongside media professionals to sharpen their communication skills and increase their understanding of the editorial process by which events and ideas become news. Now in its 47th year, the fellowship program counts over 750 scientists and science communicators as alumni. The AMS has sponsored a Mass Media Fellow most years since 1997.
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