We struggle to keep pace with changes in science, changes that radically affect our lives. How can we be well-informed enough to manage the ongoing impact of scientific change? Three experts will share their experiences producing media and scholarship that interpret science and its history for the general public.
Telling the Stories of Science
Panel Discussion Featuring Ivan Amato, Faye Flam, and Bruce Lewenstein
Friday, November 30, 6–7:30 p.m.
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The panel discussion features:
Ivan Amato is a writer, editor, and facilitator of DC Science Café, a quasi-monthly forum in which the public can directly engage the science and technology communities. Amato has worked as a writer and manager on several magazines, including Science, Science News, Chemical & Engineering News, Time, and Fortune and has dabbled beyond print media during stints with Discovery Science Channel and National Public Radio. He is currently writing his fourth book, which is about the Navy’s role in the overall American space program.
Faye Flam is an award-winning science writer. She has a degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. Flam writes a new online science column and blog called Lightning Rod. It appears on the NewsWorks website, associated with WHYY. She has also written about science for the Economist, Science, Science News, New Scientist, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she wrote a weekly column about evolution. Her writing has covered everything from the discovery of the Higgs boson to the sex lives of giant squids. She’s author of the book The Score, How the Quest for Sex Shaped the Modern Man.
Bruce V. Lewenstein is a professor of science communication at Cornell University. He studies how science and technology are reported to the public and how the public understands controversial scientific issues and emerging technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology. He also studies outreach projects in which citizens fully participate in the scientific process by gathering, entering, and analyzing scientific data.
This discussion is presented by the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
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