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Perspectives Series: KU Faculty on Today's Big Questions

Perspectives provides a venue for KU faculty to discuss today’s big questions with their peers and the larger KU community.

A project of University Honors students, the Perspectives series asks 3-4 KU faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to engage with a new topic each month in a timed debate. The topics for these discussions will be chosen by the Honors Student Co-Curricular Advisory Board (CCAB), and the questions posed to faculty participants will be suggested by the KU community.

These discussions will help the audience make sense of complex contemporary issues by showing how different academic disciplines approach these problems. We hope to spark student curiosity through these lively discussions while fostering novel relationships within the KU community.

Perspectives: Science & Society,
Or Why Does Research Get Lost in Translation?

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Brosseau Commons, Nunemaker Center

Featured Faculty Panelists

  • Dr. Alice Bean, Professor of Physics & Astronomy
  • Dr. Alison Olcott-Marshall, Assistant Professor of Geology
  • Dr. Kathryn Rhine, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Dr. Nathan Wood, Associate Professor of History

From climate change to childhood vaccinations to innovative technologies, scientific discovery is frequently at the center of policy discussions in the U.S. But scientists and doctors too often find that their results are exaggerated, misinterpreted, or ignored altogether. How and why does so much research get lost in translation?
In the inaugural Perspectives event, KU faculty will discuss how research done in various scientific fields makes its way to the public, tackling questions like

  • Why does some data reach the public, but not all?
  • How does mass media sift through and promulgate scientific findings?
  • And what role does education play in how the public interprets research?

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