Science Communication and the Internet

Date 10/29/15 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Presenter(s) Brad Woods, Research Ethics Educator, Office for Research Protections
Location 244 Ag Engineering
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Recently, famed science communicator and Twitter celebrity, Neil deGrasse Tyson caused uproar among some of the most loyal of his fans and near 3 million Twitter followers when he Tweeted the following on Christmas: On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.

While Tyson claimed he was simply sharing his enthusiasm for Newton, some say such a statement does more to alienate, rather than unite interests. While Tyson’s fame is associated with his unique ability to convey (often complex) science to lay audiences, what risks are involved for scientists and scholars who decide to maintain an active presence on popular Internet forums and social media sites? This workshop examines Tyson and other such science communicators, and discusses both the potential benefits and drawbacks when research dissemination and discussion moves beyond peer review publication.

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