Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions



Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

 

 

Conversation with NPR science reporter Richard Harris Wednesday , May 10, 4:30 pm-6:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner 602 1957 E Street, NW

Washington, DC

 

Richard Harris is an award-winning science correspondent at National Public Radio.

He has been with NPR since 1986. After many years of reporting on environmental and climate change issues (and traveling around the world for his reports), for the past several years he has focused on biomedical research with reports on topics ranging from chemotherapy to hearing  loss, to the Trump Administration's budget for NIH. He holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he also studied science writing.

 

Harris's book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions, was published last month by Basic Books. Growing out of stories he did for NPR in 2014, it discusses the shortcomings of biomedical research and the quest to make it more rigorous

in the face of an incentive system that, according to Harris, rewards the wrong behaviors

 

Please RSVP here. Light refreshments provided.

 

This program is hosted by the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy.