Why Scientific Retractions Are Rising--and Why That's Good News for Public Health (and Journalism)

Presentation | March 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 Ivan Oransky, MD, Vice President and Global Editorial Director, MedPage Today

 Public Health, School of, Graduate School of Journalism, Kaiser Permanente

Scientific retractions are on the rise, which has led to concerns that fraud - the reason for the majority of retractions - is growing. But is it, or are we just better at finding it? And are more retractions really bad news? In this talk, Dr. Ivan Oransky will contend that today's trends are a sign of science working the way it should, warts and all, with important implications for reporters and editors who cover science and medicine. He'll also introduce some of the players who are helping keep all of us, researchers and journalists alike, more accountable.

An experienced medical journalist, Ivan Oransky MD has written for numerous publications, including Nature, The New Republic, and The New York Times. He is a co-founder of Retraction Watch, a blog funded by the MacArthur Foundation and Arnold Foundation that shines a light on the retractions of scientific studies. In addition to his work as a medical writer and editor, Oransky serves at New York University as a distinguished writer in residence in the Arthur Carter Journalism Institute; teaches medical journalism in the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program; and serves as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine.

This talk is part of the 2015-2016 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series and the 2015-2016 Kaiser Permanente Lecture Series. It is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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 Registered attendees will be seated first. RSVP online by March 14.  Contact person: Niki Shapiro

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 nikishapiro@berkeley.edu, 510-664-4685