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Petri Dish: Trust Issues

Science is having a moment as the world looks to researchers to come to the rescue with COVID-19 treatments and, eventually, a vaccine. But this pandemic has exposed the tension between how science actually works and a public eager for immediate reassurance. While scientists around the world are working 24/7 to understand the coronavirus and share what they are learning as quickly as possible, the rush to publish may ultimately undermine scientific credibility as members of the media and others use provisional results to feed various narratives about the disease. Our panelists will explore the challenges of communicating research in real time now and during past pandemics.


  • Susan Jones, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Helen Branswell, Senior Writer, Infectious Disease, STAT

June 17, 2020 | 4-5 p.m.

Petri Dish is a series of curiosity-driven conversations about how biology affects our lives and shapes our future. organized by the College of Biological Sciences in collaboration with the Bell Museum.

May, 2020