May 14

(All sessions are in the Beckman Institute Auditorium. Registration begins at 7 a.m. outside the auditorium. Once you register, you will be directed to meal locations.)

7:30-8:25 A.M.


8:25 a.m.

Jennifer Follis
journalism/science journalism lecturer, Illinois

Welcome &
Introduction: Rashid Bashir

8:40 a.m.

Rashid Bashir
dean, Illinois College of Engineering

“First, reduce the noise”

8:55 a.m.

Introduction: Daniel Simons

9-9:50 a.m.

psychology professor, Illinois

“What could this study tell us? Why critically evaluating study design is essential for accurate and informative science journalism”

9:50-10:05 a.m.


10:05 a.m.

Introduction: Ivan Oransky

10:10 a.m.

Ivan Oransky
science journalist; co-founder, Retraction Watch

“The good, the bad, the retracted and the not even wrong: How journalism can reflect what’s really going on in science”

11:05 a.m.

Introduction: Nicole Cooke

11:10 a.m.

Nicole Cooke
information science professor, Illinois

“The science of fake news: Recognizing and eliminating misinformation and disinformation”

Noon-1 p.m.


1:05 p.m.

Introduction: May Berenbaum

1:10 p.m.

May Berenbaum
entomology professor and department head, Illinois

“The buzz about bees in the news (and other accompanying bee-labored puns)”

2 p.m.

Introduction: Juan Perilla

2:05 p.m.

Juan Perilla
chemistry, biochemistry professor, University of Delaware

“Making the invisible visible with the computational microscope”

3-3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Introduction: Ed Yong

3:20 p.m.

Ed Yong, science journalist

“Nobody has to listen to this: Why storytelling matters in science”

4 p.m.

Author book sales, book signing
(location TBA)

 May 15

(All sessions are in the Beckman Institute Auditorium.)

7:30-8:25 a.m.


8:25 a.m.

Jennifer Follis
journalism/science journalism lecturer, Illinois

Introduction: C.K. Gunsalus

8:30 a.m.

C.K. (Tina) Gunsalus, director,
National Center for Professional Research Ethics

“Overcoming perverse incentives in science”

9:15 a.m.

Introduction: R. Chris Fraley

9:20 a.m.

R. Chris Fraley
psychology professor, Illinois

“A non-statistical introduction to statistical power (and why it matters for understanding and promoting research findings)”

10:10-10:25 a.m.


10:25 a.m.

Introduction: Donna Cox

10:30 a.m.

Donna Cox
director, Advanced Visualization Laboratory, NCSA

“Data visualizations to reach mass audiences”

Noon-1 p.m.


1:05 p.m.

Introduction: Erin Allmann Updyke and Erin Welsh

1:10 p.m.

Allman Updyke and Welsh
co-creators of:

“This podcast will kill you”

2:05 p.m.

Introduction: Brent Roberts

2:10 p.m.

Brent Roberts
psychology professor, Illinois

“How to avoid amplifying iffy science”

3 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Introduction: Science Writing Workshop

3:20 p.m.

May Berenbaum and Daniel Simons

“Editing with the Editors”


University of illinois News Bureau

Amplify the Signal:


May 14-15, 2019

Beckman Institute  for Advanced Science and Technology

405 N. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

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