IVAN AMATO is a science and technology writer, editor and communicator based in Silver Spring, MD. He is the author of three books, Super Vision: A New View of Nature (2003), Pushing the Horizon: Seventy-five years of High Stakes Science and Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory (1998), and Stuff: The Materials the World is Made Of (1997). An essay series titled “Pathways of Discovery” that he orchestrated for Science magazine in 2002 was repackaged in book form and published in 2002.
Amato has freelanced for publications and organizations ranging from Time, Fortune and the Washington Post, to Science, Nature, and Technology Review, to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST) and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. He has done several broadcast stints with National Public Radio and the Discovery Channel for which he once wrote a script for Bill Nye, The Science Guy. Over the years, Amato has won a few awards for his work, mostly for his writings on chemistry, materials and nanotechnology. In May 2011, he started up the quasi-monthly and defiantly live DC Science Café at the local restaurant and cultural hub, Busboys and Poets, to experiment with more direct engagement with the public.