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In this course we will examine how to creatively and accurately write about science. By investigating sources such as the New York Times Science section, National Geographic and Newsweek, as well as supporting research papers, we will ask whether the piece is both approachable and a true reflection of the primary literature. We will also explore the history of science and the media, from the dawn of the scientific revolution to the present day. By examining case studies, we will gain insight on how social and/or political climate has historically influenced the media's portrayal of science. The course will culminate in students writing lay-friendly scientific pieces for peer critique. Students should have high-school level science comprehension and strong writing skills.

Course Number: BIOL-90008
Credit: 1.00 unit(s)