SciLine Media Briefings
SciLine’s live, web-based media briefings feature leading experts who get journalists up to speed on the current status of science topics in the news. These events help reporters build their base of knowledge on emerging issues and provide direct access to experts through live Q&A.
Video and transcripts of past media briefings are available below. All SciLine briefings are on the record and reporters are free to quote from them. Journalists can register with SciLine to be notified about future media briefings.
SciLine’s next media briefing will cover how scientists are working to reduce uncertainty in hurricane and storm surge forecasting; the challenge of measuring actual rainfall and windspeeds during a storm and what this means for infrastructure; and advances in risk communication and warnings for people in the path of a storm.
SciLine’s August 21st media briefing described the role of gut bacteria in the body, the gut microbiome’s relationship to obesity and other common diseases, and the state of science in fecal microbiota transplantation as a treatment for C. difficile infections.
SciLine’s June 19th media briefing covered the status of vector-borne disease in the United States, projected future trends, associated health risks, and emerging research on methods for prevention and control.
SciLine’s May 1st media briefing covered how and where lead gets into the water supply, the health effects of exposure for adults and children, and the disproportionate impacts of lead contamination in low-income communities.
Several U.S. communities have reported concerning levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their drinking water. Find out where these toxic chemicals come from, what scientists know about their health effects, and what questions remain unanswered.
In this SciLine media briefing, scientific experts, including physician researchers and a sports medicine doctor, explain the links between concussions and long-term brain health; who is most vulnerable; and emerging advances in diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.
In this SciLine media briefing, hear from a panel of experts about how new scientific advances and methods are enabling scientists to attribute certain extreme weather events to climate change.
SciLine's media briefing covers the current status of gene-drive technology, a new take on genetic engineering that could spread new traits quickly through entire populations, and outlines related ethical, legal, and regulatory issues.