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 a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. 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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