Where do you get your information from?
To answer everyday questions, you turn to information
that is made readily available to you at the click of a button. In today’s
fast-paced world you are often bombarded with more information than any one
person can handle. With the 24-hour news cycle, the media tries to capture your
attention with sensational stories and catchy headlines. However, there are
many other headlines that do not seem to have the widespread marketable
appeal—and therefore they are largely unnoticed by the general public.
Communication of scientific results usually takes
place in a peer-reviewed journal. A peer-reviewed journal is one in which other
experts in the specific field read and critique the author’s article, including
their research and results, before it can be published in the journal. This
process is done to maintain the standards of research. To find an example of a
research article that has gone through the peer-review process, use the
“Biology Newsfinder” tool in the Wiley Plus® “Science in the News” resource.
Access this tool through the link in the left hand navigation for this unit.
On the other hand, there are many publications that do
not use peer-review, such as newspapers and magazines. These publications rely
on the judgment of the editor to ensure that the material contained is
appropriate and at the set standard of the publication.
about how scientists conduct their work and report it to the world, compared to
how the media (including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the
internet) broadcast information. In your posts this week answer the following
often do you rely on media for scientific information to make decisions in
a specific example of scientific results being reported in media (e.g., a
flu epidemic, a projected storm, or fracking). Be sure to include the
headline, APA citation, and one sentence summary of the report.
there times when it is more appropriate to rely on media-reported science
and other times when it is more appropriate to rely on peer-reviewed
scientific results? Explain.
do you think is the primary difference between communication of scientific
results in the scientific community (peer-reviewed journals) and news
the media influence the decisions that you make and how you feel about a
topic on scientific research? Provide at least one example.