Super Bowl of Science

In the opinion piece entitled "Why is there no Super Bowl of science?"1 T.V. Rajan laments that "prizes such as Nobels elicit little if any attention and certainly do not call for participation from the common man and woman." There is a Super Bowl for science, but unlike football, it does not have a 20-week season ending in a finale, which creates a frenzy for fans, advertisers, and television ratings. To rebut Dr. Rajan's assertion that little attention is given to engaging the public in scie

Stephanie Beck
Sep 12, 1999

In the opinion piece entitled "Why is there no Super Bowl of science?"1 T.V. Rajan laments that "prizes such as Nobels elicit little if any attention and certainly do not call for participation from the common man and woman." There is a Super Bowl for science, but unlike football, it does not have a 20-week season ending in a finale, which creates a frenzy for fans, advertisers, and television ratings.

To rebut Dr. Rajan's assertion that little attention is given to engaging the public in science, as of late, there has been a gradual ground swell of events and programs that do engage the community in science and health issues. A few examples of these are "Science in the Cinema" film series, mini-med schools, speeches to civic groups, and town hall meetings. Citizens who are hungry for information about medical research flock to these programs in the cities where...

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