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Virtual History Happy Hour – How Scientists Decide What’s True

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In this day and age of oxymorons like “alternate facts” and “fake news, ” take a journey through the world of good and bad science with George Zaidan. Learn how scientists evaluate each other’s work, what happens when they disagree, and how you can apply simple versions of the same tools to help you deal with the onslaught of news on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.  Come prepared with your questions as this will be an interactive program, which will be co-moderated by Tom Canby and Susan Fifer Canby.

George Zaidan is a science communicator, television and web host, and producer. He created National Geographic’s web series Ingredients: The Stuff Inside Your Stuff, and co-wrote and directed MIT’s web series Science Out Loud. His work has been featured in the New York Times, WIRED, Forbes, the Boston Globe, National Geographic magazine, NPR’s The Salt, NBC’s Cosmic Log, Science, Business Insider, and Gizmodo. He is currently the executive producer at the American Chemical Society. Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put In Us and On Us is his first book.

Thomas Y. Canby, a native Sandy Springer, is a former Science Editor for National Geographic Magazine and author of twenty-three science articles. He is a former Museum trustee, serving at the time the facility moved into its present location. He has authored numerous publications about historic Sandy Spring.  Susan Fifer Canby retired from the National Geographic Society as VP, Libraries and Information Services, with 35 years of experience. She and her staff worked with the Society’s writers, photographers, artists, scientists, explorers, filmmakers, and business staff to get the information they needed, when or before they needed it. Susan is a past president of the SS Museum Board of Trustees.

Registration is required. You will receive a link to the virtual meeting with your registration confirmation email. You must be opted in to receive SSM emails to receive the confirmation. 

History Happy Hours are sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.


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