Conversations in Science Communication Series

Tue, 20 October, 2020 6:00pm

From the pandemic to climate change, science should be one of the top issues for voters and policymakers. How can we communicate with policymakers about science more effectively - and help them become better science communicators? How can we help journalists with their coverage of science so we can all make more informed decisions?

Join us on October 20th at 6pm for a conversation on what it takes to be a successful science communicator. The event will be hosted by Lisa Palmer, National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication and School of Media and Public Affairs Director Silvio Waisbord. They will be joined by a panel of expert science communicators from a variety of backgrounds who will discuss challenges science communication faces, and how to meet those challenges.


Lylla Younes is an adjunct professor at Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She is also a data journalist and graphics developer at ProPublica and previously a local data reporter at New York Public Radio (WNYC). In 2019, she reported data for ProPublica’s Pulitzer Prize winning series, Lawless. Her investigation about air pollution in rural south Louisiana was awarded first prize in the investigative category of this year’s Society of Environmental Journalist awards.

Siri Carpenter is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Open Notebook, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help science journalists improve their skills. She is the editor of The Craft of Science Writing, published in February 2020 and the immediate past president of the National Association of Science Writers.

Matt Shipman is the research communications lead at NC State University. He is the author of The Handbook for Science Public Information Officers (2015, University of Chicago Press) and a contributing author to Science Blogging: The Essential Guide (2016, Yale University Press). He spent nine years as an environmental policy reporter, was a regular contributor to (RIP), and has written freelance pieces on everything from marine science to chutney.


This Conversation Series provides a unique and exciting public platform where prominent science communicators and leaders discuss current events, the media, and their take on scientific discoveries. 



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