Science is the most effective means we have for understanding the world, but it’s a messy, slow process. Even the best research cannot eliminate every uncertainty. Yet single studies are often portrayed as the final word, engendering mistrust when overturned by new evidence. Christie Aschwanden will explain pressures that have brought us to this point and how scientists and communicators can help the public and policymakers better understand and trust the scientific process.
Lunch will be provided (first come, first served). No separate RSVP necessary.
Christie Aschwanden is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight. Her work also appears in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, Popular Science, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Aschwanden has received journalism fellowships from the Santa Fe Institute, the Carter Center, and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. She was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011, and her work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, National Institute for Health Care Management, NASW and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She tweets @CragCrest.
This lunchtime seminar is sponsored by University of Utah Health Sciences Office of Public Affairs and University Marketing and Communications. It is hosted in conjunction with the 2016 Research Reproducibility conference, which is sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Office for the Vice President for Research.