Joseph Palca (Photo credit: The Chemical Heritage Foundation)
Institute of the Environment 2017

Joe Palca Presents Big Ideas on Science and News

Monday, March 27, 2017

By Abby Dockter, Institute of the Environment

National Public Radio science correspondent Joe Palca will present “Science and News: A Marriage of Convenience” on Wednesday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. at the University of Arizona.

His talk, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall (Room S107) in the Environment and Natural Resources 2 building.

Palca will address the uneasy relationship between science, which is incremental and occurs over long periods of time, and news, which is designed for immediacy, and how to reconcile their priorities to bring scientific findings to a broad audience.

“The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice at the UA is very excited to sponsor Joe Palca’s talk about bringing science and news together,” said Anna Spitz, director of the UA’s Haury program. “Nothing is more important in this era of increased disinformation than encouraging science- and fact-based effective communication.”

Palca is an award-winning science communicator with three decades of experience in television and print journalism. He worked as a news editor for Nature and a senior correspondent for Science Magazine before joining NPR in 1992. His awards include the National Academies Communication Award, the Science-in- Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize.

Palca’s current project, Joe’s Big Idea, is a series exploring the way inspiration becomes innovation. His visit to the UA is part of a grant in which Palca is working to connect young scientists and those interested in science communication through a network called Friends of Joe’s Big Idea.