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How To Share Science In A World Of Fake News

A photo of a black hole.
Event Horizon Telescope
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A recent science headline that's generated a lot of discussion: The first image of a black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope. The object M87* is located at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87.

The rallying cry of fake news has seeped into the world of science. Some politicians and pundits — like Donald Trump — call climate change a hoax, and a number of individuals loudly oppose the evidence behind vaccines.

Dietram Scheufelestudies the science of science communication and researches public attitudes and policy dynamics regarding science. He is a professor in science communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scheufele joins host Frank Stasio to talk about why people are misinformed about science, how scientists can better communicate their findings to the public, and about the larger conversations around scientific breakthroughs, like gene editing.

Scheufele will be at the Science And Society Classroom in the North Building on Duke University’s campus in Durham on Thursday, April 18 at noon. The event is called “Studying the Science of Science Communication in the Era of Social Media, Fake News and Short Attention Spans.” Registration is full at the free event, but it will be live-streamed.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.