Reading scientific headlines critically is talk topic



BAR HARBOR — Travis Kent and Amy N. Hicks from The Jackson Laboratory will talk about how to understand scientific headlines at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Audience members can bring a recent scientific article to put to the test during the talk.

It can 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 savvy scientific news consumers. This program is designed as an interactive experience that will give audience members the tools to critically and easily analyze what they read about science in the media.

Kent is a postdoctoral associate studying the role of testosterone signaling on male fertility in the laboratory of Mary Ann Handel. Originally from Boise, Idaho, he earned both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Washington State University while studying the role of vitamin A regulation on male fertility. His interests include science policy and science outreach.

Hicks is currently a postdoctoral researcher working on neuromuscular diseases within the laboratory of Greg Cox. She earned her undergraduate degree at The University of Maine at Orono and worked as a technician at Penn State Medical School before earning her doctorate from Wake Forest School of Medicine. Beyond science, her interests include education and scientific communication.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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