Reporting in the Margins of Error

  • Speakers
  • Ivan Oransky, M.D.Editor-in-Chief, Spectrum
  • Angela Saini Science Journalist and Author
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Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010 United States

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About Simons Foundation Presents
A free event series, Simons Foundation Presents aims to create a space for conversations about science and its broader societal and cultural relevance. Each event pairs one of our 200 researchers with special guests to discuss the intersection of their work. Afterwards, we invite everyone in the audience to continue the conversation together over refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere.

Being wrong and making mistakes is part of the human experience.

As part of their core values, scientists and journalists take this one step further and share a commitment to the pursuit of proving themselves wrong in hopes of moving their work forward to benefit society.

As editor-in-chief of Spectrum and co-founder of Retraction Watch, Ivan Oransky has kept a close eye on this process. For more than a decade, he has reported on retractions of scientific papers to increase transparency within the scientific community.

Similarly, science journalist and author Angela Saini has worked to uncover how bias has negatively impacted science throughout history and how recognizing our biases can lead to better science. In her role as chair of the Royal Institution’s Challenging Pseudoscience group, she also combats modern-day scientific misinformation.

Join Oransky and Saini as they sit down with Ivvet Abdullah-Modinou, director of outreach, education and engagement at the Simons Foundation, to discuss how science works and what checks and balances can be put into place to correct it when it doesn’t.

About the Speakers:

Ivan Oransky joined Spectrum in 2020, previously having served in editorial leadership roles at outlets including Medscape, Reuters Health and Scientific American. In addition, he is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where he teaches medical journalism, and co-founder of Retraction Watch, which reports on scientific retractions. He earned his B.A. in biology at Harvard University and his M.D. at New York University.

Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster. She presents science programs on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, National Geographic and Wired. Her latest book, “Superior: The Return of Race Science,” was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Her previous book, “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong,” has been translated into 14 languages. Angela has a master’s in engineering from the University of Oxford and was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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5:30 p.m. Doors open
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. In Conversation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reception


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