Anna Haensch GRAD ’13: 17 Weird Facts About Science Writing That Will Blow You Away”

I don’t think I can describe this event better than this quote from the abstract: “This talk might not actually blow you away — but then again, maybe it will. There’s really only one way to find out.” Catherine Marquez ’16 writes in:

Anna Haensch is an assistant professor at 
Duquesne University. She received her Ph.D.
from Wesleyan University in May 2013. In
the summer after completing her degree,
she was the AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow
at NPR, where she wrote stories for the
radio and npr.org. Her research is in
number theory, specializing in lattices, but
she loves to write, talk, and tweet about all
kinds of math and science.

Abstract: A group of scientists make a discovery. We can probably all
agree that the world deserves to hear about their work, and we can
probably also agree that the scientists deserve some recognition. But
how does that science make it from the lab bench to the Twitter feed?
And what is the likelihood that the information you eventually consume
will be intact, interesting, and accurate? As a mathematician with a
background in radio, blogging, social media, and podcasting, I will
attempt to answer these questions, and more. I will discuss the
evolution of a science story from beginning to end, and like much
click-bait, this talk might not actually blow you away — but then
again, maybe it will. There’s really only one way to find out.

Join the Math and Computer Science Department Thursday at 4:30!

Date: 4/30

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Woodhead Lounge (Exley 184)