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New Horizons in Science 2020 Program

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Virtual Conference Tuesday

Firestorms in the outback, taiga, and tundra: damage to Indigenous communities, wildlife, permafrost and the climate by extreme wildfires in Australia and the far North

20 Oct 2020 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Climate Change
Satellite images of wildfires in Eastern Australia and southeaster Siberia, Russia in 2017.


This past summer, nearly 100,000 square kilometers of land went up in flames in the Australian bushfires—a fire event larger than any in the past 10,000 years on that continent. The devastation released some 400 million tons of CO2, killed perhaps a billion animals, and damaged many Aboriginal Australian communities.

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Virtual Conference Thursday

Vitriol and disinformation: math and big data illuminate the dark world of online speech. Can journalism compete?

22 Oct 2020 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
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We in the mainstream media, stung by unfair tarring with the "fake news" label, are hypersensitive to the growth of actual misinformation online. And it's galling to see our Twitter feeds and the comment streams beneath our stories polluted by bigoted, chauvinistic, and sometimes threatening snark and vitriol. But new research suggests this front-row view to the downsides of free speech may have distorted our perspectives on these problems. Powerful observation biases skew what we as science writers see, compared to the general public.

Virtual Conference Friday

Science + Science Writing: Communicating about climate across political divides

23 Oct 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm
Science communication
Communication wires. Image: Martin Sercombe (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

For decades, Americans have been divided along party lines over how to deal with climate change. Mass media coverage, framed in many cases along an “information deficit” model that has been repeatedly shown incorrect, has often unintentionally exacerbated the divide.

Yet there is more common ground than we realize. Recent polls have found that most Republicans understand that climate change is happening, for example, and a majority of conservatives under age 40 voice interest in taking action.

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