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Sustainable Energy Seminar: Misinformation, uncertainty, & polarized politics: Communicating science in a COVID-19 world

Dietram Scheufele, Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison

Event Details

Monday, December 7, 2020
3:30-4:30 p.m.
COVID-19 has put science in a tricky spot. The good news is that scientific expertise is back in high demand. But there are also serious challenges for science when it has the public’s ear: How can we correct misinformation that we know to be wrong with science that we are not quite sure will turn out to be right? And how can science meaningfully inform public policy in a world of popularism and partisan politics? The answer lies in what science does best: using data to solve problems.