Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson will present “Communicating the Value and Values of Science” as the speaker of the Henry and Bryna David Lecture at the National Academy of Sciences, April 28 at 5 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
Jamieson will identify instances of exemplary and problematic scientific communication and outline ways that communicators can embody and express science's values and value. Jamieson and the Annenberg Public Policy Center recently launched SciCheck a website similar to FactCheck.org, which investigate science-based claims in political speech.
As a way of knowing, science carefully defines key terms, faithfully accounts for evidence, acknowledges the limitations in data and methods, and champions a climate characterized by critique and self-correction. Communication that fails to respect these norms increases science's vulnerability to critics and calls into question the scientific enterprise's ability to protect itself from the effects of human bias. After flagging instances of exemplary and problematic scientific communication, the lecture will outline ways that communicators can embody and express science’s values and value.