AAAS Kavli Lecture: NPR’s Joe Palca at Georgetown University on Nov. 3

Earl Lane

NPR science correspondent Joe Palca will deliver a 2021 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award lecture at Georgetown University on Wednesday, Nov. 3. His virtual talk will be about fighting myths and misinformation in the time of COVID-19.

Palca’s talk at 12:00 p.m. ET is hosted jointly by the Master’s in Journalism program at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies and Georgetown’s undergraduate journalism program. It is sponsored by the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards program as part of its fall lecture series. The moderators are Carole Feldman, Faculty Director of Journalism, Georgetown University, and Doyle McManus, Director of Journalism, Georgetown College.

Joe Palca

Register to view a livestream of Palca’s talk here.

Science reporters at media outlets throughout the world have been front and center in newsrooms for nearly two years, Palca notes. The information these journalists have been providing has been crucial for many people as they try to negotiate the pandemic. For others, he says, it’s been additional proof that the media have a liberal bias. Palca will offer some observations on covering science in such turbulent times.  

Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics, including biomedical research and astronomy. His series, “Joe’s Big Idea,” has focused on the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. His awards include a 1997 AAAS Kavli award, the Science-in-Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing. In 2019, Palca was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in journalism.