Edward J. Sylvester

Director, Walter Cronkite Program in Science and Medical Journalism, Arizona State University

Edward J. Sylvester is a science journalist and the author of three books on cutting-edge medical research, as well as the highly acclaimed The Gene Age, in which he and Lynn Klotz introduced lay audiences to the emerging biotechnology revolution in 1983, adding a revised edition in 1987. It was nominated by publisher Charles Scribner Jr. for the Pulitzer Prize. Sylvester's previous books include Back From The Brink (Dana Press 2004) and The Healing Blade: A Tale of Neurosurgery (Simon & Schuster 1993; Beck Press 1998). These narratives follow the lives of physicians and patients at leading neuroscience centers such as Johns Hopkins Neurological Critical Care Unit and Barrow Neurological Institute. He is a professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, where he teaches science writing. Ed and wife Ginny live nearby in Tempe.