The threat of "fake news" in America is most synonymous with the current discourse within the US political system. However, a more insidious brand of fake news seems to be affecting the public’s perception of science. Currently, 32% of Americans hold a bachelor’s degree or higher; as of 2013, science and engineering bachelor’s degrees accounted for 32% of all bachelor’s degrees. With such a small fraction of Americans with an academic scientific background, it is easy to see how the general public can have difficulty distinguishing science fiction from science fact.
In an effort to combat fake news in the science community, librarians at Marston Science Library at the University of Florida have created a one-hour workshop entitled “Fake News: Science Edition.” These one-hour workshops are designed to inform the public about the most prominent types of fake science news, the characteristics of fake science news, and ability to discern between good science communication and sensationalized misinformation.
Join us at the Headquarters library for the following session of "Fake News: Science Edition."
Saturday, December 16th at 3:00pm in the Foundation Room