October 30, 2019 7:00pm — October 30, 2019 8:30pm
Richard Eaton Auditorium | Knight Hall 1208
In the midst of global political upheaval and a recent upsurge in fake news and pseudoscience, science journalists face a challenging media environment. But distortion of scientific information for political ends is not new, as British science journalist Angela Saini has recounted in two acclaimed books, “Superior: The Return of Race Science” and “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story.”
In an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award lecture, Saini will discuss how prejudice can affect scientific research on race and gender and describe her efforts to uncover manipulation of evidence, abuse and wrongdoing by those in power. She will talk about the influences on her career, including fights for social justice, and the methods of reporting and research that inform her work.
More than ever, she argues, science journalists must be prepared to counter political narratives on topics (such as climate change) that distort science and promote misinformation. Saini, a 2015 winner of the AAAS Kavli award, has written for The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, and New Humanist, and she regularly presents science programs on BBC radio.