science communications

Blog entry | Jul 16 2015
Science is about focused, objective analysis, independent questions, and nuanced answers. So when science steps out of the lab and into the public dialogue, it can be heartbreaking when it morphs into the opposite: a disorderly swarm of bias,...
Blog entry | Jun 22 2015
When you see a headline touting exaggerated or unsupported claims, it’s easy to blame the media. While media can be one part of the problem, there are other parts of the process in play. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far beyond the hallowed...
Blog entry | Feb 12 2015
The big screen is heating up with 50 Shades of Grey this week. I may be a bit unconventional, but it’s got me pondering the shades of gray I encounter every day. As a student of science, I find myself operating in shades of gray more often than not...
Blog entry | Feb 11 2015
It's hard to see headlines about vaccinations and not think about another promising technology for humans: biotechnology. But the analogies only go so far. First there was news about cases of mumps among NHL hockey players. Then came word of measles...
Blog entry | Jan 26 2015
Headlines on the latest consumer survey popped up all over my feeds this week. They varied from exasperated (80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!) to insulting (Are Americans really dumb enough to worry about food...
Blog entry | Jan 05 2015
Does having access to unlimited information make it easier for consumers to be informed or does it lead to more confusion? There's persuasive evidence that it leads to confusion. In the IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey, three out of four...
Blog entry | Oct 14 2014
This weekend, somewhere in between the Shia Labeouf segment and the LL Cool J segment, Jimmy Kimmel started lighting up my favorite blogs and newsfeeds. In his ever-beloved man-on-the-street segment, he introduced us to farmer's market shoppers,...