Anna Haensch (Duquesne, Wes PhD '13): 17 Weird Facts About Science Writing That Will Blow You Away'

Thursday, April 30, 2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)
ESC 184 (Woodhead Lounge)
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David Constantine
Math/CS Other

Abstract: A group of scientists make a discovery. We can probably all agree that the world deserves to hear about their work, and we can probably also agree that the scientists deserve some recognition. But how does that science make it from the lab bench to the Twitter feed? And what is the likelihood that the information you eventually consume will be intact, interesting, and accurate? As a mathematician with a background in radio, blogging, social media, and podcasting, I will attempt to answer these questions, and more. I will discuss the evolution of a science story from beginning to end, and like much click-bait, this talk might not actually blow you away -- but then again, maybe it will. There's really only one way to find out.

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