The Science News Cycle (Comic)

The Science News Cycle (Comic)

One of the inherent problems with today’s media coverage of science is that science has to be interpreted and translated by non-scientists before it can become accessible to the public.  This can produce what I call the “telephone” effect – similar to what happens when you play the game telephone.  Somewhere along the line, the message becomes scrambled.  How can scientists and science communicators do a better job explaining science in a way that is simultaneously interesting, informative, and accurate?  I don’t know for sure, but I’m going to spend as much of my time here at Brown as possible finding and employing strategies to become a better science communicator, and therefore a better scientist.

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