"Communicating Sound Science in a Polarized Age"
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of political communication, including news coverage of elections, political parties and candidates, and presidential campaigns. Her work has focused on what people know about politics, how the media portray political phenomena, and how these processes affect public policy. Professor Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kathleen Jamieson’s work has been funded by the FDA and the MacArthur, Ford, Carnegie, Pew, Robert Wood Jackson, Packard, and Annenberg Foundations. In addition, she is the co-founder of FactCheck.org and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and is director of The Sunnylands Constitution Project, which has produced more than 30 award-winning films on the Constitution for high school students. Her work has also had an impact on media professionals covering elections.
In this lecture, language and context play critical roles in how the public comes to understand and view science. Scientific findings are conveyed by researchers in scholarly publications, then transmitted by the mainstream media, which influences public understanding. All along, the process is fraught with language issues that may contribute to misperceptions of science. What can scientists and the media do to more accurately convey the findings of scientific research? This talk examines how science can get distorted as it is communicated and how it can be more faithfully presented — and, consequently, more clearly understood by the public.
William T. Patten graduated in 1893 with a Bachelor of Arts in history from IU. He then moved to Indianapolis and led a successful career in real estate and politics. He created an endowment for the university in 1931, with the purpose of bringing renowned leaders to the Bloomington campus.