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Symposium covers science, press, Nov. 8

Scientists and journalists will participate in a symposium titled "Blurry Vision: Bridging the Gap Between Science and the Public" on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The morning session, from 9 to 11 a.m., will be held in 3 Lewis Thomas Laboratory. The afternoon session, from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m., will take place in 101 McCormick Hall.

President Tilghman, a molecular biologist, will deliver the welcome address for the symposium, which was developed by graduate students in the Department of Molecular Biology. The morning session will include talks on the genetics of homosexuality and HIV; autism and vaccines; and evolution and chromosomal changes.

The afternoon session will feature an introductory address by Lee Silver, a Princeton professor of molecular biology and public affairs. Panel discussions will cover two topics: how politics and government affect the current perception of scientists; and the media's role in the public perception of scientists and how to better communicate scientific principles.

More information about the symposium and speakers can be found online.

The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology, New York Academy of Sciences and National Institutes of Health.

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