In the era of fake news and alternative facts, science communication is in a more precarious position than ever before. What is causing the communication gap between scientists and the general public? Science in the News Co-Director Katie Wu discusses how to effectively and accurately convey scientific progress to all audiences and avoid obscurity within the black hole of Internet click bait.
Learn the different ways in which scientists can better engage their audiences, the ups and downs of communicating across professions, and how everyone can each sleuth their way to scientific discovery.
Photo: U.S. Army — Jason Soares, a chemical engineer at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC).
BIO: Katie Wu
Katherine (Katie) Wu is a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Rubin at Harvard University, where she studies how bacteria deal with stress so that she can one day learn to do the same. She obtained her bachelors and masters at Stanford University, where she studied biology and creative writing. For the past two years, she has served as Co-Director of Science in the News, a graduate student organization dedicated to making cutting-edge science accessible to the general public and training student scientists to better communicate their work.