Texas Tech University

William S. Morris III Distinguished Lecturer Series

Robert Logan

Robert Logan is on the senior staff of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Logan also is a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

Logan was a professor, associate dean and director of the Science Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism until January 2003. He joined the National Library of Medicine within the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2003 and currently directs research for the National Library of Medicine's  Office of Communications and is public liaison. Logan chairs the library's consumer health informatics research interest group. He writes and narrates the library's weekly podcasts, called “Director's Comments.”

Logan has published more than 50 refereed scholarly articles and is the first author of “Social Responsibility in Science News: Four Case Studies” (Washington: The Media Institute, 1997) and “Environmental Issues for the 1990s: A Handbook for Journalists” (Washington: The Media Institute, 1995, 1994, 1993). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Science Communication, and Mass Communication and Society. His research areas include: consumer health informatics evaluation, public understanding of science and medicine, theory and applications of Q methodology, health literacy, and journalism ethics.

From 1998-2002, Logan was on the New York Times' college advisory board and science communication boards established by NASA-Marshall and Vanderbilt University.

Logan was a science writer and news editor at several Midwestern United States newspapers. He received a Bachelor of Arts  in history from Tulane University, an Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Iowa. Before moving to Missouri in August 1986, Logan was head of the news-editorial sequence and an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of South Florida.

Logan is a two-time chair of both the Council of Divisions and the Mass Communication and Society Division within the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). He served as chair of the standing committee on outreach for AEJMC from 2004-2008. He was the president of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity in 1999-2000 and 1996-97. In 1991-1992, Logan was the chair of the Faculty Council on University Policy and spokesperson for the University of Missouri-Columbia faculty. He was the associate dean for undergraduate studies within the Missouri School of Journalism from August 1993 to January 2003.

  Logan is a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C.

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