Monthly Archive: March 2017

Mar 13

Science News and Fact-Checking

By Tanya Makarenko, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student Many of us rely on the internet for current news, and thankfully the internet provides just that and more. By more I mean information like bacon causes cancer, but wait it gets better because apparently bacon cures cancer too. How do you know which article is true or …

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Mar 11

How hard is it to spot the truth?

By Andrea Lee, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student Many people I talk to are convinced that they are not only excellent judges of character but that they can easily spot the difference between fact and fiction, even on the internet.  When challenged, I hear many reasons as to why they have this particular talent but usually …

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Mar 09

Clarity and vividness in scientific journalism

Alan Alda, From: http://www.anu.edu.au/events/an-evening-with-alan-alda-getting-beyond-a-blind-date-with-science

By Bradley Dowling, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student I vividly remember summer evenings when I was little, when my dad and I would hang around the living room and watch TV after dinner. Most of the time, we’d sit and watch Jeopardy or catch a Seattle Mariners game (this was back when they were worth watching). …

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Mar 06

Science communication is integral to science activism

By Megan Slaker Edited by Alexandria Camino   Science is at the core of a number of important policy decisions being made and discussed. Science communication is critical for raising concerns and making impactful (and beneficial) policy. While it is easy for us as scientists to be frustrated with what is occurring in politics, it …

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Mar 01

We need your help for Brain Awareness Week!

Metacognition

Brain Awareness Week is in less than two weeks! A week to celebrate the brain, organized by Society for Neuroscience and Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Some institutions celebrate by bringing in K-12 students to learn about the brain, first-hand from brain researchers. Others celebrate the week with exhibits and lectures on the brain. It …

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