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Speaking STEM? It’s not rocket science.
(Ko Carlos/Daily Bruin staff)
Science communication has gained increasing attention in the past few years, particularly with an uptick in scientific misinformation and distrust in scientists. At UCLA and across the UC, programs and classes have existed, some for decades and others for just a few years, to train the next generation of people who can communicate science to the public. Daily Bruin writers took a look at some of these academic programs to understand how education about science communication has grown – and where it will go next.

Academics

May 27, 2024 10:02 p.m.

‘A broader view’: How science communication is taught across the UC

A common stereotype of scientists is that they are poor at writing.
A quick internet search brings up a Reddit post that proclaims, “90% of scientific writers absolutely suck at writing.”
However, while stereotypes about scientists have long existed, science communication – which focuses on the translation of scientific information to a variety of scientific and nonscientific audiences – has gained more attention in recent years, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Irene Huh and Kai Nikchevich

Academics

May 27, 2024 9:53 p.m.

Vaccines or ivermectin?: Students navigate disinformation dialogues in Fiat Lux 19

“Climate change is a hoax.” “The earth is flat.” “Vaccines have microchips in them.”
These beliefs persist despite having been widely rejected by scientists. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some conservative politicians promoted the use of the drug ivermectin, which is used to kill parasites, as a cure for the virus – even though the United States Food and Drug Administration did not authorize its use and the National Institutes of Health explicitly advised against it.

By Yashila Suresh

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