Making Geek Chic at the National Academy of Sciences
We here at Science Debate are continuing our work to raise the profile of science in the national dialogue.
Tuesday, cofounder Shawn Lawrence Otto is speaking at the National Academies on the Science Debate
effort and the challenges of framing and communicating science and
science policy in an environment of profit-driven news media who are
slashing their science sections, political reporters who don't cover
science and science reporters who have no access to the political
pages, politicians who think nobody cares and it's too risky, and a
public that is yearning for science talk especially on how it affects
their lives, but has no idea where to turn for quick, reliable
information. Otto will be joined on the panel by several truly amazing
people, and it should make for a great discussion. If you're in the
D.C. area, stop by! And, as always, your individual or ongoing monthly contributions keep us going. Thanks!
The National Academies Presents: An Educational Event on Science Communication
500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Session 1 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This panel will explore various ways in which science is communicated to diverse, non-specialist audiences. The mix of participants, selected to represent contrasting but complementary approaches, will highlight a variety of outreach strategies, describing "best practices" scenarios from which scientists and science organizations can learn.
· Don Hoyt Gorman, Senior Editor, SEED Online
· Meghan Murphy, Director of Outreach, X Prize Foundation
· Shawn Otto, Co-founder and CEO of Science Debate 2008
· Kelly Stoetzel, Producer, TED conferences
Session 2 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Session 3 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Beyond good storytelling, entertainment channels affect opinions, inform ideas, and even change behavior. This panel will focus on the intersections of science and entertainment to explore the power of the popular media to communicate key ideas in science.
· Jim Kakalios, University of Minnesota physicist, author of The Physics of Superheroes and science advisor to the film Watchmen
· Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenwriter for Deep Impact, The Last Mimzy, and the forthcoming adaptation of the best-selling book, The Time Traveler's Wife
· Anne Simon, University of Maryland virologist, author of The Real Science Behind the X-Files and long-time advisor to the television series