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The Science in Society Film and Lecture Series debuted this Spring with a mix of experts, authors and award-winning films. Author Seth Mnookin, whose controversial book, "The Panic Virus," debunks the connection between vaccinations and autism, drew a crowd and sparked a vibrant discussion on the role journalists have played keeping this erroneous link alive. Later in February, Prof. Larry Engel presented the first of his award-winning three-part "The Human Spark" film that was followed by a lively discussion of the teaching of evolution in US schools.  Environmental expert and author Roger Pielke Jr. gave a fascinating talk about how access to energy for all would realign the world's commitment to climate change. His book, The Climate Fix, sets out his steps for reducing carbon emissions. The final event this spring is a talk by the authors of "Making Data Talk" who train scientists and journalists how to discuss and present data in a way that the average citizen can understand. The series is sponsored by the School of Communications and led by Professors Matthew Nisbet and Declan Fahy.

"Panic Virus" Author Seth Mnookin

The Science in Society Film and Lecture Series kicked off with author Seth Mnookin, author of the controversial new book, "Panic Virus." He spoke and answered questions about his findings that vaccinations do not cause developmental delays. Critics call his book, "A riveting and sometimes heart-breaking medical detective story that explores the limits of rational thought. It is the ultimate cautionary tale for our time." Read more

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Photo: SOC professor Declan Fahy, left, and author Seth Mnookin.

AUSOC Director Declan Fahy interviews Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, about people’s conceptions of vaccinations.

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Photo: SOC professor Declan Fahy, left, and author Seth Mnookin.

Mnookin discusses the state of the publishing industry and the difficulty in finding someone to publish his findings on parents’ bias towards vaccines.

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Photo: SOC professor Declan Fahy, left, and author Seth Mnookin.

Mnookin discusses media coverage and the problem with the media working so hard to avoid bias and taking sides.

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