As someone living in a state currently undergoing a measles outbreak, it seems relatively non-controversial to state that science has something of a credibility problem. Some of this confusion surely comes from the way the popular press covers new scientific studies, with over-hyped conclusions drawn from the latest research studies. A pair of videos below from Johns Hopkins biostatisticians Jeffrey Leak and Lucy McGowan do a nice job helping train readers to clarify the “disconnect between news headlines and the scientific research they cover.” (h/t to BoingBoing for sourcing these videos).

 

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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