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Science News Literacy: How to Fact Check the Sound Bites and Understand the Truth Behind the Story

Science News Literacy: How to Fact Check the Sound Bites and Understand the Truth Behind the Story Online

“Dark chocolate helps you lose weight!” “GMOs cause birth defects!” The headlines are everywhere. What impact does misinformation, spin, and bias have on our understanding of science? Why do fake stories spread so easily and how can we help stop it? Join us as we discuss fact, fiction, and their impact on the news. We will develop strategies for recognizing misinformation and combating it when we see it. 

Attendees will learn how to:  

  • Recognize misinformation, disinformation, spin, and bias in science news 

  • Identify reliable sources of science news information  

  • Summarize the process of scholarly communication and the development of scientific consensus 

Date:
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Time:
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Online: https://wmich.webex.com/wmich/j.php?MTID=md9611bdafc75f966695eecc4f4c04cb7
Presenter:
Dianna Sachs
Audience:
  Faculty     Staff     Students - Graduate     Students - Undergraduate  
Categories:
  Science & Engineering  
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