Communication and critique are important for the public understanding of and progress in science. In this PLOSCast, Elizabeth speaks with Hilda Bastian, an Editor at PubMed Commons. She connects her current work at PubMed Commons and her previous experience as a consumer health advocate in Australia to the importance of communication and critique of science in the public sphere. As she says, “If we want to have scientific communities where [people] have an equal chance of being heard, we have to have a standard of communication that allows people to feel comfortable raising a question and not getting attacked for it.” In the interview, she offers some advice for reporters and advocates for communicating science to the general public and to other scientists.
In this episode they discuss:
- What is PubMed Commons?
- How can science move forward while acknowledging criticism?
- What are some of the challenges faced when communicating science to the public?
- What tips are there for reporters communicating science?
- What other advice would you give for writing about science?
Interested in learning more? Follow Hilde Bastian on Twitter @hildabast and check out the links below:
- Some posts on Absolutely Maybe on PLOS Blogs: http://blogs.plos.org/absolutely-maybe/2016/11/23/post-truth-antidote-our-roles-in-virtuous-spirals-of-trust-in-science/, http://blogs.plos.org/absolutely-maybe/2016/03/31/the-skills-we-all-need-to-move-past-anti-science-and-us/, http://blogs.plos.org/absolutely-maybe/2016/12/22/silence-everyday-betrayals-of-research-participants/
- PubMed Commons https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/
- PubMed Data Management https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/management/
- Cochrane Collaboration http://www.cochrane.org/– Hilda’s a founding member, and they gather and summarize healthcare research to help people make informed decisions
- Robert K. Merton’s book, “The Sociology of Science” (1973) http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo3622335.html
- Article: “Inside Psychology’s Methodological Terrorism Debate” http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/10/inside-psychologys-methodological-terrorism-debate.html
- Article: “Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: One woman’s campaign to give black female scientists their due” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/03/17/beyond-hidden-figures-putting-faces-black-female-scientists-names/99212192/
Image Credit: Hilda Bastian