Science & Society
FYS 024, CRN 6962
Patricia Storlie
MW 12:30-1:45pm

Many Americans get their scientific ‘knowledge’ from popular news sources or non-expert sources. These outlets tend to oversimplify scientific topics that are nuanced and complex. Additionally, these topics are presented as a contentious battle that is filled with uncertainty and open to debate. This is not how the scientific method really plays out in academic disciplines, nor is it the way that scientists think about their research. So, how does an informed citizen learn to think like a scientist? How can a consumer of medicine, food, policy, and education approach data with understanding and skepticism? This class will encourage students to think critically and scientifically about seemingly controversial topics.

University News
October 20, 2016
The Comparison Project will present the third event in its 2016–2017 series on death and dying. A community interfaith dialogue on Oct. 27 will feature representatives of three different refugee religions in Des Moines.