Is slack science reporting letting down the public?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“The Los Angeles Times recently ran the following headline: ‘Another reason to drink coffee: It’s good for your heart, study says’. It all sounded very cheery – except that the carefully researched scientific study, published in the journal Heart, didn’t say that at all …” (more)

[Lucy Ward, Guardian, 24 March]

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Male, Mad and Muddleheaded: The portrayal of academics in children’s books is shockingly narrow

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2014 by steve

“Academics in children’s picture books tend to be elderly, old men, who work in science, called Professor SomethingDumb. Why does this matter? Melissa Terras presents the findings from her two-year search on the representation of academics and argues these portrayals should be challenged …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 14 February]

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Down from the Ivory Tower

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2011 by steve

“Over last couple of days there’s been an interesting debate, primarily on (see original post here and a response here) and to a lesser extent on the twitter machine, about the role of academics, in particular academic economists, in media …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 27 August]

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