How does science know what it knows? Answering that question is the central challenge for Decoding Science, a resource Creative Science Writing helped develop for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Anne served as project manager and content creator for this unique public outreach effort. Anne’s contributions included writing six articles and a quiz, developing core messages and web content, consulting on script development and visuals for an explainer video, shepherding everything through an intensive review process, and creating a promotion package to help this resource collection reach as many people as possible.
Visit the Decoding Science website
Explore the articles:
- Finding Hope in Failure: Can disagreement lead to discovery? In one scientist’s quest to cure cancer, hope rises from the ashes of failure.
- Repeat After Me: Why scientists repeat studies — and why that’s harder than you might think
- Lessons from the Leading Edge: As COVID-19 spread, scientists sprang into action. Their early studies hold lessons for any new area of science: Approach with caution and stay open to change.
- What if scientific studies disagree? Why scientific studies may have different results, even when their methods are the same
- For stronger evidence, look for multiple studies: Want to know “what the science says”? Look for multiple studies on a topic rather than just one.
- Can science help people make decisions? Yes, but be sure to look at the broader context and assess the strength of the evidence