Evolution in the Media

Science communicators have the fun but challenging task of processing new research into accessible media for the public. In my course, Evolution in the Media, undergraduates learn how to read and write scientifically while working to find evidence that debunks popular misconceptions about evolution. They learn how to ask questions about peer-reviewed research, challenge scientific findings, and reflect on the importance of evolution. By the end of the course, students synthesized new, peer-reviewed research conducted at the University of Virginia into “popular science” style articles. Their goal was to increase accessability of science research and relay the importance of evolution to non-scientists. I hope you enjoy some of their excellent work, posted below!

Teaching an Old Plant New Tricks
Written by: Naga Nannapuneni

Photo by: Javier martin

Weaponizing Diversity Against Extinction
Written by: Amanda Roberts

Photo from: https://eos.com/blog/monoculture-farming/

Bees Are Un-Bee-Lievably Important!

Written by: Kody Park

Photo by: Beatriz Moisset

Barnacles, Genes, and Natural selection.
What is happening?
Written by: Neema Semsar

Image from shutterstock Royalty-freestock photo ID: 6975569 by yxowert

Antibiotic resistance: WHO cares?
Written by: Rachel Thomas

Image from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/128774870568725932/

Pollen Thieves (When Good Things Go Bad!)
By: Matt Pieri

Copyright © 2016 Heather HolmAccessed from: bugguide.net on 20210120

Newts full of deadly poison and
the snakes that eat them

Written by: Ankith Laichetty

Photo by: Edmund D Brodie III