Sarah Gollust, University of Minnesota

The Affordable Care Act, Politics, and Media: Evidence of Media Effects and Implications for an Uncertain Future: Sarah Gollust is a professor of Health Policy & Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, studying the intersections of communication, politics, and health policy. She is also an associate director of the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program. Her talk presents research findings on the effects of Affordable Care Act-related media messaging on public attitudes and behaviors, and discusses the challenges of communicating about this politically-polarized health policy issue.

Frank Sesno, George Washington University

Unlocking the Power of Questions: A Hidden Skill That Matters More Than Ever: Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, and author of “Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change.” His lecture shares keys to asking questions effectively and listening actively, unique insights from some of the world’s best questioners, and lessons from the scientific approach to inquiry, as well as touching on the critical role of inquiry in current events, politics, and the media.

Richard Harris, National Public Radio

“Rigor Mortis”: Addressing the Problems of Rigor and Reproducibility in Biomedical Research: Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has been a science correspondent at NPR since 1986. He’s covered all areas of science, environment and medicine and has traveled to all seven continents, primarily for his extensive climate change reporting. “Rigor Mortis,” Harris’ first book, explores the many reasons for the increasing concern that many biomedical findings from one lab can’t be reproduced in another. His talk goes through the causes of this issue (including funding pressures, the hyper-competitive environment and questionable incentive structure, and scientific shortcuts), and looks at work being done to make biomedical research a more effective source for new treatments and cures.