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Can the keywords you use in a search help you figure out whether a rumor or claim is legit?

Data Literacy Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Yes! Being strategic about your search terms can help you more effectively identify credible, fact-checked information and avoid just bringing up a bunch of websites promoting the rumor or false claim. TL; DR: MediaWise recommends keywords include specific names or places, target the specific topic or claim, and help focus the results on credible Read more…

How can we help young people become more savvy consumers of online information?

Families/Kids Uncertainty and Misinformation

TL;DR The World Health Organization has identified mis/disinformation as a pressing public issue, for adults and children alike. There are steps both educators and parents can take to address this critical issue. The start of a new school year is an excellent time to examine what we can all do. Misinformation is generally defined as Read more…

Are screening tests and diagnostic tests the same thing?

Data Literacy Reproductive Health Uncertainty and Misinformation

The Short Answer: Nope! 🙅🏾‍♀️ The goal of a screening test is to determine the likelihood of disease in a person who currently shows no signs or symptoms, while a diagnostic test detects whether (and what type of) disease might be present in someone with symptoms. While some screening tests can be self-administered at home Read more…

What is the framing effect?

Data Literacy Uncertainty and Misinformation

Tl;dr: The framing effect is a cognitive bias in which our choices are more influenced by how information is presented than the information itself. We can overcome the framing effect by purposefully rephrasing information to reflect both positive and negative aspects of the choice, separating the information from the razzle dazzle, and gathering as much Read more…

How can I boost my child’s immunity to misinformation?

Data Literacy Uncertainty and Misinformation

To help your child separate fact from fiction, teach them to: be skeptical, use credible sources, think critically, and embrace learning through science. Start early, and weave these lessons into everyday life. Back when we were young, we Nerdy Girls used encyclopedias, reference books, and textbooks to learn. These days, we are surrounded by a Read more…

Did COVID-19 start from a “lab leak”?

Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: We don’t know for sure where SARS-CoV-2 came from, but most evidence to date supports the natural “spillover” explanation (e.g. the virus jumped from animals to humans). There may never be a “smoking gun” for SARS-CoV-2 origins. Pandemic preparedness efforts should focus on preventing both natural and man-made spillovers of pathogens. It’s 3+ years Read more…

Our paper wins the 2022 Editor in Chief Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion!!

Uncertainty and Misinformation Women in STEM

We are THRILLED to announce that our paper “Fight Like a Nerdy Girl: The Dear Pandemic Playbook for Combating Health Misinformation” won the 2022 Editor in Chief Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion!! 🤩🙌 “My Editor in Chief Award winning paper this year comes from that KWBW section and was written by self-proclaimed Read more…