“You can’t pick up a newspaper these days without seeing articles about policies informed by scientific research.. as scientists, we are trained to speak in jargon and not to think about our audience. Bottom line: we need to become better communicators,” said James Lowenthal, the astronomy professor who designed the Smith course with funding from the National Science Foundation.
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Biologist Sheila Patek has faced criticism for her research on mantis shrimp and trap-jaw ants. In recent months, members of Congress have called her studies a waste of taxpayer money. Tonight, she explains how dismissing her work misses the aim of scientific research and discovery.
Watch a conversation about extinction with Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Kolbert and Duke University conservation ecologist Stuart Pimm. Elizabeth Kolbert is the bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History and a staff writer at the The New Yorker. The Alda Center is a proud partner in bringing you this recorded broadcast.
Biomedical scientists like Chris Vakoc have recently gained an unprecedented ability to edit life’s instruction manual – DNA – with a new tool whose ungainly name – CRISPR-cas9 – is (thankfully) usually shortened to “crisper.” Chris will share with host Graham Chedd and our audience how the technology was discovered, how it works and some of the astonishing things it can do.
Watch a conversation focusing on finding the humor in science. This Kavli Conversation, sponsored by the Science, Health and Reporting Program at NYU and the Kavli Foundation, features two special guests, Mary Roach and Randall Munroe. The Alda Center is a proud partner in bringing you this recorded broadcast.
For all of us who take on the challenge of science communication, the excitement of the 2016 Nobel Prize season was palpable. The Nobel Prize makes science more accessible for the general public, reminding everyone that science is important, interesting and relevant. We're inspired to keep this momentum going year-round by partnering with organizations and people who are getting creative to improve communication about science and medicine.
The first penguin Heather Lynch saw in Antarctica fell on its head. Happily it was quickly back on its feet -- testament to penguins' resilience. Since then, Heather has counted many thousands of penguins (she loves math) as she tries to figure out how global climate change is affecting penguin populations in one of the most rapidly warming regions of the planet.
Watch a conversation on the microbiome with the wildly popular science writer (and now best-selling author) Ed Yong and the eminent microbial geneticist and museum curator Susan Perkins. This event is another in a series of Kavli Conversations on Science Communication sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at NYU. The Alda Center is a proud partner in bringing you this broadcast.
Like so many brilliant innovations, the idea seems obvious in hindsight. Just combine college, coffee, and chemical engineering. Of course! But no one, apparently, hit upon this magic formula until a few years ago...
Mario Livio is an astrophysicist and author who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for over two decades. Livio often works at the intersection of art and science, which makes him uniquely qualified to expound upon our place in the universe, both scientifically and philosophically.