Episode 019: A discussion on Scientific Communication with Dr. Jim Woodgett

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Jim Woodgett about some of the major challenges that scientists face in effectively communicating what they do.

Dr. Jim Woodgett is the Director of Research, and Senior Investigator of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. His current work involves modifying cellular processes in an attempt to discover new treatments for debilitating diseases such as cancer, and diabetes. Jim is also interested in the dynamics of scientific communication. We as scientists don’t always communicate our ideas and research to the public in the best ways, so this is something that is important to think and talk about. This week, we decided that we would try and broach the subject.  

The flow of the episode generally follows some of the points from his powerpoint on slideshare, that was given at York University.

We chat about:

  1. How science is made to look exciting in the media
    1. How does this effect public opinion of science?
  2. Shows like CSI
  3. The perception that science changes its mind often
  4. How scientists seem to be a subset of the elite, and they they are in the pockets of big companies
  5. Retraction of scientific journal articles
  6. Vaccines!
  7. Talk about science at Thanksgiving! It can be fun, and you can quickly educate family members.

We enjoyed our chat with Dr. Woodgett, and hope that you do as well!

If you liked what you heard, let us know! We are always looking for comments and questions so that we can better talk about what you are interested in!

Until next week!

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