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.