The St. Louis Neuroscience Outreach Interest Group quarterly seminar this year focuses on meaningful scientific communication between experts, students, and the general public.
Reporting and writing about science, in addition to conducting it, is a craft that has always demanded precision and a thoughtful approach. But the rise of social media and the attendant democratization of information sharing has presented unique challenges to the conscientious researcher and science journalist. As mis- and dis-information have come to form larger portions of an average person’s daily information diet, both prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for solid, dependable information on science, public health, epidemiology, and related fields has increased. This situation makes research and trustworthy science communication not only more challenging but more important than ever to practice and share. Bob Grant, Editor in Chief of The Scientist, gives attendees an insider’s perspective on these challenges and insight into how the job of science communicator has changed over the past decade. We’ll also discuss what role researchers can play in turning the tide of misinformation while welcoming a greater slice of the public into the sphere of true evidence-based and critical thinking.
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