Science in the Public Square: Tensions Between the Scientific Community and the Public Explored

Immaculata University

IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY, PAImmaculata University is offering a “Science in the Public Square” virtual event on Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The roundtable discussion explores the tensions between the scientific community and the public and is presented by the Immaculata University Undergraduate Honors Program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted numerous structural weaknesses in society, but perhaps the most surprising (and possibly the most difficult to fix) is the extent to which there is tension between the scientific community and the public.

The expert panel will discuss mistrust of science and scientists, misinformation in the media ecosystem, methods to enhance public trust, and the policy implications of a skeptical public.

The roundtable moderator, Kelly Orlando, Ph.D., associate professor of Biology, will lead the discussion.


  • Arati Kreibich, Ph.D., special scientific advisor of Charley’s Fund
  • Pamela Myers ’16, M.P.H., clinical research coordinator, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Susan Norris, Ph.D., assistant professor of Nursing, Immaculata University
  • Joshua Weikert, Ph.D., assistant professor of Politics, Immaculata University
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“The beauty of a college community is the opportunities it gives us to discuss complex issues from myriad viewpoints. With this roundtable discussion, participants will have an opportunity to engage with a serious concern facing society,” states Joshua Weikert, Ph.D., assistant professor of politics and director of Immaculata’s Honors Program.

To join the Zoom discussion, go to and use Meeting ID: 893 2265 7501 and Passcode: 432998.

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