Vaccine Hesitancy: Did You Miss It?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available! But why is the supply of doses catching up with demand of those who want it? Who is turning it down, and what led to many people pausing before getting it?  Recently we hosted Dr. Maya J. Goldenberg in partnership with the Mercantile Library to talk about her new book Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War … Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy: Did You Miss It?

Vaccine Hesitancy with Dr. Maya J. Goldenberg

Did you miss Dr. Goldenberg's talk about her research and book on vaccine hesitancy this week? You can still hear it here, hosted by the Mercantile Library. Dr. Goldenberg stressed the ways that doctors and scientists can change their language, listen to and address concerns, and consider the wide variety of reasons that individuals may … Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy with Dr. Maya J. Goldenberg

Celebrated Series “A Pact With Reason” is Now Online

In the Summer of 2020, the Mercantile Library co-hosted “A Pact with Reason,” presented by Dr. Piers Bursill-Hall and co-sponsored by Dr. Zvi Biener and Dr. Terry Grundy. Bursill-Hall is a philosopher of science at Cambridge. His interests include the history of the development of math and science in Western societies. Grundy describes him as a “natural showman” who attracted a large, global … Continue reading Celebrated Series “A Pact With Reason” is Now Online

Welcome Dr. Ryan Feigenbaum

We are excited to welcome Dr. Ryan Feigenbaum as the Center for Public Engagement with Science’s new Program Director. Dr. Feigenbaum will also serve as the new Executive Director of the Philosophy of Science Association (see PSA announcement here). He combines experience in digital media, web development, and digital humanities with expertise in the history … Continue reading Welcome Dr. Ryan Feigenbaum

When Science isn’t Simple

One of the earliest lessons we learn in our training as scientists is to accept the simplest explanation of evidence, rather than assuming a more complicated solution. We call this "Occam's Razor," and it is repeated in class after class. But the world is complicated. What happens when our simple explanations don't capture the entire … Continue reading When Science isn’t Simple