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Fake News: Science Edition

Event Type: Informational
Age Group(s): Adult (19 and up), Seniors, Teen (12-18)
Date: 12/16/2017
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
 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 publicís perception of science. Currently, 32% of Americans hold a bachelorís degree or higher; as of 2013, science and engineering bachelorís degrees accounted for 32% of all bachelorís 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 ďFake News: Science Edition.Ē 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.
Library: Headquarters Branch Library    Headquarters Branch Library
Location: Foundation Room
Contact: Sabrina Sturzenbecker
Contact Number: 352-334-3940