Science, the Media and You on Thurs., Oct. 12

We have all read the headlines that seem too good to be true, like “Eating Chocolate Helps You Lose Weight!” and “Scientists Say That Being Forgetful Is Actually A Sign You Are Unusually Intelligent.” But, what if they are actually true and how can you find out? Join Dr. Travis Kent and Dr. Amy N. Hicks from the Jackson Laboratory at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. as they talk about how to understand the headlines you see in the media. You can also bring a recent scientific article to put to the test during the talk.

It can often be difficult to separate truth from fiction when reading scientific coverage in the news, with contradictory headlines coming out almost every day.  Because scientific discoveries can have broad impacts on the environment, technology and human health, it has become increasingly important to become a savvy scientific news consumers. This program is designed to be an interactive experience that will give you the tools to critically and easily analyze what you read about science coverage in the media.

Dr. Kent is a Postdoctoral Associate studying the role of testosterone signaling on male fertility in the laboratory of Dr. Mary Ann Handel. Originally from Boise, ID, He earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. at Washington State University, studying the role of vitamin A regulation on male fertility. While passionate about science, he has developed a keen interest in both science policy and science outreach. Dr. Hicks is currently a Postdoctoral working on neuromuscular diseases within the laboratory of Dr. Greg Cox.  She earned her undergraduate degree at The University of Maine, Orono and worked as a technician at Penn State Medical School before earning her PhD from Wake Forest School of Medicine. While science is her first love, she also has a lot of interest in both education and scientific communication.

For more information on the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.