Yale researchers to discuss ‘Science Under Siege’ in the Internet Age

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A panel on “Truth in the Internet Age: Science Under Siege” on Thursday, April 20 will bring together three Yale researchers to discuss the difficulties facing scientists in a mistrustful and partisan age.

The event, sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, will take place at 7 p.m. in Rm. 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Stratchona Hall, 1 Prospect St. It is free and open to the public.

“Science Under Siege” will take place two days before the March for Science being held in more than 500 cities throughout the world. It will explore such questions as: In the era of “post truth” and fake news, what are the implications for science? When is a fact a fact? What is the relationship between truth and the pursuit of scientific knowledge? And, how can breakthroughs in science be communicated to a public that polls suggest has grown more leery of expertise?

The panelists will be:

Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and professor of psychology

Meg Urry, the Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy

David Hafler, the William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly professor of neurology and professor of immunobiology; chair, department of neurology

Moderating the discussion will be Carl Zimmer, science writer and author of The New York Times column “Matter,” and Alison Snyder, science editor of Axios.

“Science Under Siege” is the second of two “Truth in the Internet Age” presented by the Poynter Fellowship this year. The first, looking at the 2016 presidential election, took place on Nov. 9.

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