Twisted Science: Policy and Public Perception in the Era of Misinformation

June 13, 2017 @ 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan campus

This presentation will map the social forces that twist science and explore how they influence the representation of science in laboratory, the research institutions and, finally, in the popular press. While this is not a new phenomenon, it is arguably becoming both more common and more problematic. Indeed, in this era of fake news, predatory journals and alternative facts, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate good science from bad. This has heightened the need for trusted sources of information, including universities, to play a larger role.

Presented by:

Timothy Caulfield, FRSC, FCAHS
Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health, Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta

Timothy Caulfield conducts interdisciplinary research on topics including stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, has published over 300 academic articles and is the recipient of numerous academic awards.

Caulfield writes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two recent national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015).