Reporting Across the Culture Wars: Engaging Media on Evolution
From March 22nd to March 24th, 2013, a working group of scientists, science writers, and other experts met at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Raleigh, North Carolina to discuss the state of science in the media and how to improve communication between scientists and journalists.
- The experts that assembled at NESCent this past week were a motley science communication crew
- — Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ)Tue, Mar 19 2013 05:05:42Reporting Across the Culture Wars - Participants Bios https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g5rdMX392WayvMVKes29HUAO80oT_x3HRBymOreSEP8/ … #evocomm
- And prior to the meeting, participant Danielle Lee wrote considered outreach to communities that science media doesn't often intersect, or "how science journalism can be implanted in ethnic journalism in the first place."
- — Lauri Lebo (@llebo)Wed, Mar 20 2013 08:20:29@dnlee kicks off Reporting Across the Culture Wars with post on Engaging Diverse Audiences in Science http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/2013/03/19/science-reporting-across-cultures-diverse-audiences-evolution-other-science-topics/?WT.mc_id=SA_sharetool_via … @sciam #evocomm
- On Friday morning, the team jumped in.
- Group leader Lauri Lebo set the stage.
- — Melissa WilsonSayres (@mwilsonsayres)Fri, Mar 22 2013 06:56:20
- And session leaders Norman Johnson and T. Ryan Gregory explained what they wanted journalists to know about evolution in "Evolution 101"
- — Melissa WilsonSayres (@mwilsonsayres)Fri, Mar 22 2013 06:59:14Core Concepts: Phylogenetics and tree thinking (yay! I just taught this to high school students), Natural selection, and Evolution #evocomm
- First up was the subject of "Tree Thinking"
- — Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ)Fri, Mar 22 2013 07:03:54
- — Brian Switek (@Laelaps)Fri, Mar 22 2013 07:04:14Will we ever be rid of the March of Progress? Can we replace it with something better? Cladogram is not a substitute #evocomm
- — Melissa WilsonSayres (@mwilsonsayres)Fri, Mar 22 2013 07:08:352012 paper from #evocomm participants discussing, "Why are Chimps Still Chimps? http://www.jstor.org/stable/info/10.1525/abt.2012.74.2.3 …, written for high school educators
- — Brian Switek (@Laelaps)Fri, Mar 22 2013 07:09:41
- — Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ)Fri, Mar 22 2013 07:09:47#evocomm - human as outgroup on the tree of echinoderms startlingly illustrates how easy it is to misinterpret outgroup as "primitive".
- — Melissa WilsonSayres (@mwilsonsayres)Fri, Mar 22 2013 07:11:42
- — Brian Switek (@Laelaps)Fri, Mar 22 2013 07:13:15Tree thinking is important for sci writers to understand, but that must be translated to public. Don't just plunk down a cladogram #evocomm
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