CORVALLIS, Ore. - Author and science journalist Ed Yong will present a free public lecture on the human microbiome from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way on Oregon State University's Corvallis campus.

Yong, the first staff science writer in the 159-year history of The Atlantic magazine, is author of "I Contain Multitudes," a book about the trillions of microbes in the body.

A reception will precede the lecture. Those who wish to attend the reception are asked to RSVP

Yong has written for a variety of publications on topics including microbes, animal behavior, science policy, paleontology and reproducibility in science.

Until January 2017, he was the author of the blog Not Exactly Rocket Science, hosted by National Geographic.

Yong's lecture is part of SPARK: The Year of Arts and Science at OSU, a yearlong celebration of how arts and science ignite innovation.

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