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CSE Public Lecture

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Recap and Video

No News Is Big News: Adventures in Science Journalism

Featuring Joe Palca, National Public Radio science correspondent

Thank you to the more than 400 people who attended the CSE Public Lecture On April 16, 2015, featuring National Public Radio science correspondent Joe Palca. In his lecture, Palca shared stories of his 20+ years in journalism and discussed how the factors that make something newsworthy and those that make something scientifically important are sometimes very different.

View the lecture online

If you weren't able to attend, you can view the lecture in its entirety online. Watch now.

Listen to Joe Palca and Professor Frank Bates on Minnesota Public Radio

During his visit to the Twin Cities for the CSE lecture, Palca also appeared on Minnesota Public Radio's Friday Roundtable with Frank Bates, Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. They discussed how failure plays a vital role in scientific research. Listen now.

About the speaker

Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics—everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Read more about Palca.


The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering offers public lectures featuring distinguished leaders in cutting-edge areas related to science and technology and other interesting topics. The lectures are designed to share the latest scientific discoveries, explore the impact of technology on culture, and encourage networking on campus. The program is sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering.