Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans

Discussion – Reporting Scientific Results to the Public

with Charles Petit, John J. Shea, PhD, Ann Gibbons, Tim D. White, PhD,
Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD, Sean B. Carroll, PhD

  1.  1.  How do you communicate science to different audiences?
  2.  2.  When scientists don't agree
  3.  3.  Issues of balance in writing about science
  4.  4.  Communicating the process of science
  5.  5.  Q&A: How would you communicate what you heard in the lectures?
  6.  6.  The past is pertinent to understanding evolution
  7.  7.  The importance of common definitions
  8.  8.  Charles Petit on being a science writer
  9.  9.  Define terms, assume no prior knowledge, and make it relevant
  10. 10.  Peer review of articles and getting the science right
  11. 11.  Q&A: Correcting errors in reporting on science?
  12. 12.  Q&A: How do you avoid an uproar over incorrect information?
  13. 13.  Q&A: How do scientists promote their views to the public?
  14. 14.  Press releases: How to limit misinterpretations of research
  15. 15.  Three spheres of activity: Science, journalism, and entertainment
  16. 16.  Finding trusted sources of scientific journalism
  17. 17.  Science reporting in newspapers and on television
  18. 18.  The science writer serves as a filter of information
  19. 19.  Q&A: How do you respond to people who don't believe you?
  20. 20.  Reporting legitimate points of view
  21. 21.  Responding to contrarian points of view
  22. 22.  Scientists as educators
  23. 23.  Q&A: What has hurt the science/religion relationship?
  24. 24.  Media representation of Christian opposition to evolution
  25. 25.  Q&A: Do you write differently for print and online articles?
  26. 26.  Q&A: How do you reconcile science research and ethics?
  27. 27.  American researchers deal with many regulations
  28. 28.  Q&A: Do scientists control translations of their work?
  29. 29.  Q&A: Has media conglomeration affected science news?
  30. 30.  Q&A: How do you avoid confirmation bias in your writing?
  31. 31.  Difficulty getting articles published in scientific journals
  32. 32.  Some press releases are designed to excite interest
  33. 33.  Q&A: How do you know that your findings are significant?
  34. 34.  Findings advance knowledge, but writers filter findings
  35. 35.  Asking really good questions
  36. 36.  The element of time in the acceptance of new findings
  37. 37.  Q&A: How do you get people to accept new ideas quickly?
  38. 38.  There must be room for error

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