Getting the Science Right

Getting the Science Right

Sunday, January 17 – 10:15 – 11:20am

D. Getting the Science Right: The importance of fact checking mainstream science publications — an underappreciated and essential art — and the role scientists can and should (but often don’t) play in it. – Rebecca Skloot, Sheril Kirshenbaum, and David Dobbs

Description: Much of the science that goes out to the general public through books, newspapers, blogs and many other sources is not professionally fact checked. As a result, much of the public’s understanding of science is based on factual errors. This discussion will focus on what scientists and journalists can do to fix that problem, and the importance of playing a pro-active role in the process.

Discuss: You might be interested in some of the issues that come up in Chemistry in terms of fact-checking on chemical substances and where they are being sourced from. Check the comments on this post: http://www.chemspider.com/blog/where-does-ce-news-source-its-chemical-structures.html ChemSpiderman