Communicating Science in a "Post-Truth" World panel discussion

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Lory Student Center room 386

Leading science journalists discuss how current events are influencing science journalism- and societies’ conversations. To quote Gloria Steinem, is there an “up side to the down side?”.

Moderator: Nancy Baron, COMPASS

Nancy Baron is the Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS. Nancy holds workshops around the world for academic, government, and NGO scientists helping them develop core competencies as scientist communicators who want to make their work relevant to journalists, policy makers,and the public. Nancy began her career as a biologist in Banff National Park, spent 6 years as Director of Education at the Vancouver Aquarium, then morphed into journalism. She has won numerous writing awards including the Canadian Science Writers Science in Society and Natonal Magazine awards. An ardent naturalist, she published a popular field guide, The Birds of Coastal British Columbia (Lone Pine Publishing) and a “how to” communications guide book for scientists titled Escape from the Ivory Tower (Island Press). Nancy received the 2013 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in the Media for her work at the intersection of science and journalism.


  • Christopher JoyceNational Public Radio
    Christopher Joyce has been a correspondent and editor at NPR for 23 years. For all but two years, he's worked on the science desk, writing and producing stories on all fields of science, with an emphasis on biology, energy, and environmental sciences. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's “Morning Edition”, “All Things Considered”, and “Weekend Edition”. In addition to his work with the science desk, Chris was the editor and a correspondent for NPR's Radio Expeditions, a documentary program on natural history produced in collaboration with the National Geographic Society. He has also wriden two popular books on science, “Witnesses from the Grave: The Stories Bones Tell” and “Earthly Goods: Medicine Hunting in the Rainforest,” both published by Lidle Brown. In his free time, Chris sails a 38-foot Ericson called “Ruby Slipper.”
  • Grace Hood – Colorado Public Radio
    Grace Hood investigates energy and environment topics in Colorado. She is drawn to people with compelling stories. Whether it's tracking down a hidden monument on Forest Service land or following scientists as they count birds with drones, her passion is finding stories that are surprising. If she’s really successful, maybe you'll think about something in a different way. Grace began her career as a reporter at the Boulder Weekly. Before entering journalism, she was a history major at Bryn Mawr College. Her reporting has been recognized by the Associated Press, Society for Professional Journalists and RTDNA.
  • Rachel Cernansky – Independent Journalist
    Rachel Cernansky writes about science, the environment, health and social justice for various publications -- she's covered topics such as the changing nature of biodiversity research (and profiled CSU's own Diana Wall) for Nature; methods for measuring the impacts of chemicals on children's health for the Washington Post; and how Africa's indigenous vegetables could combat malnutrition on the continent more effectively than most foods distributed through aid programs for the New York Times. She was born, raised and educated in New York, has lived on three continents, and loves to travel anywhere new. She eats plants, and found a passion for gardening only aaer she started writing about soil and agriculture; she now grows vegetables in Denver, where she lives with her family and adopted, mystery-mix dog.
  • Jeff Burnside – Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellow
    Jeff Burnside is a Ted Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism and formerly a Senior Investigative Reporter with KOMO television, Seadle’s ABC station. He’s the recipient of more than 25 journalism awards including national honors from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the National Press Club, as well as more than a dozen regional Emmy Awards. Jeff has reported on climate change, coral reef decline, overfishing, orcas, biomedical research, and more. He was the first journalist to comprehensively report on the link between Navy sonar and cetaceans, and was the first reporter to broadcast live from inside Aquarius, the undersea research lab near Key Largo. He is a Seadle native and a past President of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
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