New Horizons in Science

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Science + Science Writing: The next Flint crisis (and why there will be one)

Topic: Pollution
Public Domain
Sunday, October 30, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Iberian, Omni la Mansión

The scandal over lead contamination of the Flint, Mich., water system, left in its wake huge questions for public officials, scientists and journalists. The Flint situation was exposed and addressed through the work of a vocal citizen, a journalist working for the ACLU, and a small group of scientists in Virginia.

The protagonists in the Flint story will join us for a discussion of how both scientists and journalists failed to uncover the Flint story, why the same scenario is likely to play out again, and the role of science writers in complex public health issues.

Social media hashtag: #nextflint


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