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Advancing the Science and Practice of Science Communication: Misinformation about Science in the Public Sphere



APRIL 3, 2019

8:30 AM Introductory Remarks and Plenary Speaker
Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Landscape of Mis(dis)information about Science
Michael Cacciatore, University of Georgia


9:15 AM Panel 1. What We Know and Need to Know about Misinformation: Perspectives from Research and Practice

(Mis)informed about What? What Citizens Most Need to Know about Science and Scientific Information
Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin


Infrastructure and Systems for Reducing the Spread and Impact of Misinformation
          David Lazer, Northeastern University

Reaching Diverse Audiences
          Vish Viswanath, Harvard University


Trusted Sources: Curating the Best Available Information from Science
         Laura Helmuth, The Washington Post

Connecting Audiences with Evidence through Participation
         Judith Cox, World Science Festival 



11:15 AM Panel 2. Misinformation in the Context of Public Controversy
         Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan

Science and Controversy: Ability and Motivation of Citizens to Work Around Misinformation
         Sara K. Yeo, University of Utah


Defining and Achieving Science Communication Goals in an Era of Virally Disseminated Nonsense
         William K. Hallman, Rutgers University


When Science Threatens Values and Beliefs: Challenges in Public Health
         Katherine Lyon Daniel, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


How Does Evolving Information about Food, Nutrition, and Health Affect the Credibility of Science?
         Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Rutgers University




2:15 PM Panel 3. Connecting Facts to What People Already Know (or Think They Know): Storytelling and Narrative
     Liz Neeley, The Story Collider


Science of Storytelling; Storytelling of Science
         Michael Dahlstrom, Iowa State University & Marty Kaplan, University of Southern California


Communicating the Gist: Misinformation, Memory, and Meaning
     Valerie Reyna, Cornell University


Narrative at the Bedside and in the Clinic
     Johanna Shapiro, University of California, Irvine


Science as an (Entertaining) Story
     Elliot Kirschner, iBiology



4:00 PM Our Most Pressing Problems: How Research and Practice Partnerships can Help

     Czerne Reid, University of Florida


RPPs: A New Cultural Model for Tackling Intransigent Challenges in Education, Health, and Science Communication
     Bronwyn Bevan, University of Washington


7:00 PM Distinctive Voices Public Lecture 
Jevin West, University of Washington


APRIL 4, 2019

8:00 AM Panel 4. The Future of (Trusted) Information: Lessons from Related Fields

A Data-Driven View of the Information Ecosystem: Real News, Fake News, and No News at All
     Duncan Watts, Microsoft, Inc.


Knowing What’s Good for Us: Lessons from Health Communication, Public Health, and Social Marketing to Address Health Inequities
     Itzhak Yanovitsky, Rutgers University


Capitalizing on Opportunities of an Online World
     Christie Aschwanden, FiveThirtyEight


Misinformation and the Limits of Science: An Industrial Perspective
     Anne Wallin, Dow Chemical (ret)




1:15 PM Panel 5. Lessons from Scalable Approaches
     May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Kids Are Not Alright
     Phillip Schermer, Project Healthy Minds


Curating Scientific Expertise for Delivery on Deadline SciLine
     Rick Weiss, AAAS


Scaling Up in Communities Through Informal Science Education Networks and Ecosystems
     Kirsten M. Ellenbogen, Great Lakes Science Center


How to Succeed at Making STEM Videos
     Nsikan Akpan, PBS NewsHour




3:00 PM Panel 6. Major Initiatives on Misinformation and the Implications for Communicating About Science

Elizabeth Christopherson, Rita Allen Foundation

Michael D. Rich, CEO, RAND


Michael Dimock, President, Pew Research Center


Vanessa Boudewyns, RTI International




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