RSVP Issues in Science Communication Series: “Race, Biological Causation, and Science Communication” October 10, 2014 2:00 – 5:30PM

Issues in Science Communication Series
“Race, Biological Causation, and Science Communication”

October 10, 2014
2:00 – 5:30
Newkirk Alumni Center

For directions, please refer to this page:http://www.alumni.uci.edu/alumni-house/maps.php
Parking is free of charge.

A distinguished panel of speakers will discuss how the scientific act of establishing a biological cause for traits and the communication of that scientific information to the public might (mis)shape society’s concept of race.

-Can myriad uses of statistics produce belief that genetics largely explain racial health disparities?
-Should ancestry models be used to assess whether “African Ancestry” may account for increased genetic risks in African-Americans?
-Do new studies using brain scans to detect individual perception of racial difference lead to understanding of racism itself as fundamentally a biological rather than a social phenomenon?
-Does information linking biological causation to race take on a particular life in the press?

Speakers will also discuss how reasoning on race travels in society broadly, and will examine cultural forces that constrain scientific communication.

Speakers:
Jonathan Kahn, Hamline School of Law
Race, Law and Neuroscience: Some Explicit Problems with Implicit Bias

Duana Fullwiley, Stanford University
So, My Cancer Came From Africa?” How Ancestry Genetics in Medical Research Shapes Ideas about Causality and Disease Risk

Jay Kaufman, McGill University
The Use of Negative Controls in the Genetic Epidemiology of Racial Disparities

Sally Lehrman, Santa Clara University
Taking up the Cry: When Genetics, Race, and News Print Meet

Aaron Panofsky, University of California, Los Angeles
How “Unscientific” Ideas about Race Contribute to the Scientific Authority of Behavior Genetics


THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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