The Research Triangle Park

Science on The Campaign Trail

The Frontier | 800 Park Offices Drive, RTP, NC Apr 13 6:00 pm - Apr 13 8:00 pm

The N.C. Newsroom Cooperative along with the Science Communicators of North Carolina are hosting "Science on the Campaign Trail" -- an N.C. Science Festival event.

If facts are the first casualty in a campaign, science may be the subject with the highest body count. False assumptions, misleading data, inaccurate claims abound in the effort to sway voters and influence public policy.

SciCheck, launched in 2015 by, examines inaccurate and potentially misleading scientific claims and sets the record straight. It is, with groups like PolitiFact, part of a global movement to fact-check public figures. The project is busy this feisty election year. What are campaigns right and wrong? Does inaccuracy sway public opinion? In such high-stakes debates, where can voters find the facts?

Join us on Wednesday, April 13 for a lively roundtable on science, politics and reporting in the age of real-time fact-checking. Refreshments available at 6 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m.


Expert panelists are:

  • Eugene Kiely, director,
  • Bill Adair, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Politifact; Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Laura Leslie, Capital Bureau chief, WRAL-TV
  • Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director,; director, The Energy Poll, University of Texas at Austin

Moderator: Susan King, Dean, UNC School of Media and Journalism