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Award Winning Author and Writer, Known for Her New Book, "The Genius of Birds"

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Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and health for more than 25 years. Her work aims to explain and interpret science for a lay audience and to explore the riddle of humanity’s place in the natural world, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision. She has won numerous awards and fellowships, including a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a Silver Medal Award for Nature Writing from the International Regional Magazine Association, and fellowships at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (now the Radcliffe Institute), Brown College at the University of Virginia, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

Ackerman just completed a book about the intelligent life of birds, forthcoming from Penguin Press. Her previous books include Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold, which was named a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, which explores the biological events we experience over the course of a day. The latter was selected as a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” and was chosen as a main selection for the Scientific American Book Club. It has been published in 13 languages. Ackerman’s book Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity was named a New York Times “New and Noteworthy” paperback and was selected as a Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 2002. Ackerman’s work on that book was supported by a year-long fellowship from the Bunting Institute and a grant from the Sloan Foundation. Ackerman is also the author of Notes from the Shore, which describes the natural life of the mid-Atlantic region. An Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Arts Council supported work on that book. She is the editor of The Curious Naturalist and the co-author with Dr. Miriam Nelson of The Social Network Diet and The Strong Women’s Guide to Total Health.

Ackerman’s essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, Natural History, Parade, and many other publications. She has written on subjects ranging from the work of Chuck Close to the microbiome of the human body, the evolutionary origin of birds, the sexual habits of dragonflies, the neural nature of dyslexia, the biology of cranes, parasites as agents of evolutionary change, ocean circulation, the wildlife of Japan, genetically modified foods, and the work of Nobel laureate and developmental biologist Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. In 2005, her article on “The Great Marsh” in Delaware Beach Life won the International Regional Magazine Association’s Silver Medal award for nature writing. Her writing has been collected in several anthologies, among them, Flights of Imagination: Extraordinary Writings About Birds, The Penguin Book of the Ocean, Best American Science Writing, Shorewords, Stories from Where We Live—the North Atlantic Coast, The Beach Book, The Seacoast Reader, From the Field, The Nature Reader, and Best Nature Writing.

From 1998-2002, Ackerman served on the Editorial Board of the University of Virginia Press. From 1996-2001, she was a judge for the Phillip D. Reed Memorial Prize for Environmental Writing, sponsored by the Southern Environmental Law Center. She has also worked as an editorial consultant for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on a series of magazines designed to introduce the lay reader to new research in genetics, and for the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy, The Nature Conservancy, and the W. Alton Jones Foundation.

Ackerman has made appearances on many radio shows, including NPR programs, and has lectured at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Virginia and its Medical Center, the American Association of University Women, and for numerous other colleges, groups, and organizations.

For seven years, Ackerman was a staff writer and researcher for the Book Division of the National Geographic Society, where she contributed to The Incredible Machine, a book about the human body (1986, 1992) and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Curious Naturalist, a collection of essays about approaching and understanding North American ecosystems.

Ackerman was educated at Yale University, where she studied literature, graduation cum laude in 1980, with a B.A. in English. Ackerman is married to novelist Karl Ackerman and has two daughters.

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The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold

Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold

Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity

Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity

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Award Winning Author and Writer, Known for Her New Book, "The Genius of Birds"

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Jennifer Ackerman Biography

Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and health for more than 25 years. Her work aims to explain and interpret science for a lay audience and to explore the riddle of humanity’s place in the natural world, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision. She has won numerous awards and fellowships, including a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a Silver Medal Award for Nature Writing from the International Regional Magazine Association, and fellowships at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (now the Radcliffe Institute), Brown College at the University of Virginia, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

Ackerman just completed a book about the intelligent life of birds, forthcoming from Penguin Press. Her previous books include Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold, which was named a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, which explores the biological events we experience over the course of a day. The latter was selected as a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” and was chosen as a main selection for the Scientific American Book Club. It has been published in 13 languages. Ackerman’s book Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity was named a New York Times “New and Noteworthy” paperback and was selected as a Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 2002. Ackerman’s work on that book was supported by a year-long fellowship from the Bunting Institute and a grant from the Sloan Foundation. Ackerman is also the author of Notes from the Shore, which describes the natural life of the mid-Atlantic region. An Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Arts Council supported work on that book. She is the editor of The Curious Naturalist and the co-author with Dr. Miriam Nelson of The Social Network Diet and The Strong Women’s Guide to Total Health.

Ackerman’s essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, Natural History, Parade, and many other publications. She has written on subjects ranging from the work of Chuck Close to the microbiome of the human body, the evolutionary origin of birds, the sexual habits of dragonflies, the neural nature of dyslexia, the biology of cranes, parasites as agents of evolutionary change, ocean circulation, the wildlife of Japan, genetically modified foods, and the work of Nobel laureate and developmental biologist Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. In 2005, her article on “The Great Marsh” in Delaware Beach Life won the International Regional Magazine Association’s Silver Medal award for nature writing. Her writing has been collected in several anthologies, among them, Flights of Imagination: Extraordinary Writings About Birds, The Penguin Book of the Ocean, Best American Science Writing, Shorewords, Stories from Where We Live—the North Atlantic Coast, The Beach Book, The Seacoast Reader, From the Field, The Nature Reader, and Best Nature Writing.

From 1998-2002, Ackerman served on the Editorial Board of the University of Virginia Press. From 1996-2001, she was a judge for the Phillip D. Reed Memorial Prize for Environmental Writing, sponsored by the Southern Environmental Law Center. She has also worked as an editorial consultant for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on a series of magazines designed to introduce the lay reader to new research in genetics, and for the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy, The Nature Conservancy, and the W. Alton Jones Foundation.

Ackerman has made appearances on many radio shows, including NPR programs, and has lectured at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Virginia and its Medical Center, the American Association of University Women, and for numerous other colleges, groups, and organizations.

For seven years, Ackerman was a staff writer and researcher for the Book Division of the National Geographic Society, where she contributed to The Incredible Machine, a book about the human body (1986, 1992) and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Curious Naturalist, a collection of essays about approaching and understanding North American ecosystems.

Ackerman was educated at Yale University, where she studied literature, graduation cum laude in 1980, with a B.A. in English. Ackerman is married to novelist Karl Ackerman and has two daughters.

Jennifer Ackerman Videos

  • Jennifer Ackerman- USFWS author interview about The Genius of ...
    Sep 24, 2018 ... The Jennifer Ackerman author interview with Mark Madison of the USFWS about The Genius of Birds.
  • Jennifer Ackerman: The Genius of Birds
    Did you know that some species of birds can store up to 2000 songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than a human's? At MWF17, acclaimed ...
  • Trying to Beat a Cold? Jennifer Ackerman, author of AH-CHOO!, Has ...
    May 21, 2010 ... Jennifer Ackerman, author of AH-CHOO! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (TWELVE books, September 2010) dishes on which cold ...

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  • How to book Jennifer Ackerman?

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  • How much does it cost to book Jennifer Ackerman?

    Booking fees for Jennifer Ackerman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jennifer Ackerman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jennifer Ackerman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jennifer Ackerman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jennifer Ackerman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jennifer Ackerman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jennifer Ackerman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jennifer Ackerman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jennifer Ackerman for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Jennifer Ackerman generally travels from Charlottesville, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Margaret Lowman, Daniel Pauly, David Suzuki, Dan Fagin and Dr. Sylvia Washington. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jennifer Ackerman for an upcoming event.

Jennifer Ackerman Speaker Videos

  • Jennifer Ackerman- USFWS author interview about The Genius of ...
    Sep 24, 2018 ... The Jennifer Ackerman author interview with Mark Madison of the USFWS about The Genius of Birds.
    Jennifer Ackerman: The Genius of Birds
    Did you know that some species of birds can store up to 2000 songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than a human's? At MWF17, acclaimed ...
  • Trying to Beat a Cold? Jennifer Ackerman, author of AH-CHOO!, Has ...
    May 21, 2010 ... Jennifer Ackerman, author of AH-CHOO! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (TWELVE books, September 2010) dishes on which cold ...

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