In 2017, a million people took to the streets to protest a war that some would call imaginary – the war on science. Back in the days of the polio vaccine, scientists were heroes working for the public good. So where does the current distrust of science come from, and is there anything that can be done within science to improve research, support young researchers and alleviate the public’s suspicion? The Scientific American report How to Fix Science turns to renowned chemists, biologists, data scientists and science writers to provide actionable answers to pressing scientific issues.
About the Authors
John P. A. Ioannidis is a professor of medicine, of health research and policy, of biomedical data science and of statistics at Stanford University; he is co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center (METRICS) at Stanford. Shannon Palus is a freelance journalist and staff reporter at Wirecutter, which is part of the New York Times Company. Clara Moskowitz is a senior editor at Scientific American. Graham A. J. Worthy is founder and director of the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research at the university of Central Florida (UCF Coastal) and chairs the department of biology. Cherie L. Yestrebsky is associate director of UCF Coastal and chairs the department of chemistry.