Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture: Joe Palca

  • 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.

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  • Donna

    Joe Palca shared fun stories.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Girish

    Great talk. While radio is a dated medium, lessons do apply to new media. And urgency is even greater! Wonderful reception by CHF. Thanks to the 9 from Science Society meetup who made it to the event. Great catching up with you all after.

    November 21, 2013

  • David K.

    Wonderful presentation. I had a great time :)

    November 21, 2013

  • Girish

    Please update RSVP's if you can't make it, if not see you at 6pm. For the 3 people I have not met before, I will be in a tan colored shirt/jacket. Will try to keep meetup sign with me.

    November 20, 2013

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