Iowa governor sees ‘science on both sides’ on use of masks | Omaha State and Regional News

At the same event, however, she seemed to allow for doubts about their effectiveness. She noted that neighboring states with mask mandates, such as Illinois and Minnesota, have seen rising numbers of cases, although not as dramatic as Iowa’s.

A reporter asked Reynolds how she would convince mask skeptics, who include many of her political supporters, that they work.

“Oh there’s science on both sides, and you know that,” she said. “If you look you can find whatever you want to support wherever you are at.”

Another reporter asked later what she meant by that remark, given the scientific consensus that masks provide protection for others as well as those wearing them.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends widespread use of cloth masks to reduce the emission of droplets that spread when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk or breathe. The agency says masks are particularly important in

Read More

When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public’s trust in science takes a hit

<span class="caption">People lose faith in science when it takes a political side.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href=",photo,video,graphic&sortBy=&dateRange=Anytime&totalCount=15&currentItemNo=6" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AP Photo/Wong Maye-E">AP Photo/Wong Maye-E</a></span>
People lose faith in science when it takes a political side. AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

The big idea

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, it decreases people’s trust in science, especially among conservatives, according to our recent research.

In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, several prestigious scientific journals took the highly unusual step of either endorsing Joe Biden or criticizing Donald Trump in their pages.

In September, the editor-in-chief of the journal Science wrote a scathing article titled “Trump lied about science,” which was followed by other strong critiques from both the New England Journal of Medicine and the cancer research journal Lancet Oncology.

Several other top publications – including Nature and Scientific American – soon followed, with overt endorsements of Biden. The statements focused on each candidate’s impact on scientific knowledge and science-based decision-making.

Read More