"Scientists and Journalists: Can't We All Just Get Along?"
presented by Mary Carmichael (MIT)
May 25, 2011
University of Minnesota
Mary Carmichael is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She will present a talk on the relationship between scientists and the journalists who report on them. Ms. Carmichael has covered medical science for a decade at Newsweek, where she was a Senior Writer with specialties in human genetics and genomics, psychiatry, and global health. She had several cover stories, including a personal experience with Direct-to-Consumer genetic testing. She also writes for The Economist, Nature, Scientific American, the Boston Globe, Xconomy, and others. She is a co-author of two books and contributor to several others, and has degrees in biological anthropology and public policy from Duke. She offers a unique perspective of hype in the scientific media and the responsibilities of journalists in reporting health-related breakthroughs.