November 21, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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This year’s speaker, Joe Palca, will present “Covering Complex Science, or How I Explained a Frank-Kasper σ Phase in Sphere-Forming Block Copolymer Melts to a Radio Audience.”
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Are some science topics too complicated to explain to a nonscientific audience? Joe Palca says the answer is no. According to Palca, any scientific topic can be explained to at least some level of abstraction. The explanation might not satisfy a scientist, but that’s not the goal of popular media. And besides, what scientific topic can be fully explained in a three-and-a-half-minute radio story?
The Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture emphasizes the positive role that the chemical and molecular sciences play in our lives.
About the speaker
Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR and a guest host for Talk of the Nation Science Friday. Since joining NPR in 1992 he has reported on a range of science topics—everything from biomedical research to astronomy.