The University Record, September 24, 1996

Scientists, journalists will speak at symposium

The University will host a satellite symposium, "Science and Journalism: A Marriage of Opposites," noon-3 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union.

Top national journalists covering science will serve as panelists for the free, public symposium, which is being presented by the California Institute of Technology. The U-M downlink is sponsored by the offices of the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for University Relations.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring researchers and journalists together to discuss media coverage of scientific research and how communication between scientists and reporters can be improved. Members of the University community, the news media and the public are invited to attend.

Panelists will be Tony Dill, producer, NBC's "Today Show"; Joel Greenberg, science editor, Los Angeles Times; Robert Ferrante, executive producer, NPR's "Morning Edition"; Glennda Chui, science reporter, San Jose Mercury News; Daniel Kevles, Koepfli Professor of the Humanities, California Institute of Technology, a science historian and contributor to New Yorker magazine; and Jacqueline Barton, professor of chemistry, California Institute of Technology.

The symposium will be broadcast to U-M participants via satellite. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists via telephone.

A representative from the Office of the Vice President for Research and a brief introduction by Julie Peterson, director of News and Information Services, will open the session at noon. Broadcast will begin at 12:15 p.m. with welcoming remarks and an overview of the symposium. The panel discussion will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m., with a 15-minute break scheduled at 1:45 p.m. Panelists will answer questions 2:30-3 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served, and food also is available for purchase in the Michigan Union. Participants who cannot attend the entire symposium are encouraged to come for a portion of the session. For information, call 764-7260.