Bringing Forefront Science to Religion Reporters

The nation's religion reporters are often tasked with interpreting science advances in light of religious values, but may lack the technical proficiency in science and technology to do so effectively. This project offers science enrichment opportunities to this pool of specialized journalists through two venues: science-related talks at the annual meeting of the Religion News Association and an award contest that supports the attendance of religion reporters at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

In 2016, DoSER hosted a conversation about "The Cognitive and Moral Capacities of Animals" at the annual RNA meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. Then, four religion journalists were selected by an independent panel of journalist judges to attend the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. 

Stories* that emerged from this cohort of award winners based on their experience at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting include the following:

Scientists ponder how to talk to the faithful about climate change
by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

The first solar eclipse to cross America in 99 years is coming: To some, it’s an act of God
by Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post

In 2015, DoSER hosted a one-day seminar to highlight current topics in science and technology for journalists at the annual meeting of the Religion News Association in Philadelphia. Then, AAAS offered eight religion reporters awards to attend the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Stories* that emerged from the first cohort of award winners based on their experience at the AAAS Annual Meeting include the following:

Anti-Vaxers Aren't Stupid: Doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the government have a lot of power over children's lives. That can make parents act irrationally.
by Emma Green at The Atlantic

Mother Earthling: ESF educator Robin Kimmerer links an indigenous worldview to nature
by Renée K. Gadoua at Syracuse NewTimes

PLAYING GO(d): AI Just Outmatched the Human Brain — 10 Years Ahead of Schedule
by Catherine Woodiwiss at Sojourners

Religion, Art, and Cultural Heritage: How cultural heritage helps us understand faith, identity and history
by Elizabeth Kineke at CBS

Spirituality May Help HIV Patients Survive Longer: A new study suggests certain coping techniques are associated with longer life spans in sick patients
by Emma Green at The Atlantic

The Era of White Anxiety Is Just Beginning
by Catherine Woodiwiss at Sojourners 

When Doctors Refuse to Treat LGBT Patients: A new law in Mississippi makes it legal for physicians and therapists to opt out of care on religious grounds. What does this mean for medicine?
by Emma Green at The Atlantic

*The views presented in these articles do not necessarily represent those of the AAAS.