What Do Science Journalists Do?



John Bohannon

Former BIDS Visiting Scholar

John Bohannon is a former BIDS Visiting Scholar and science journalist who does data-driven investigations of things like the evolution of scientific fame, the problem of fake peer review, and even fake science journalism. After embedding with military forces in Afghanistan in 2010, he engineered the first voluntary release of civilian casualty data by NATO and the United Nations. His research inspired Stephen Colbert to eat cat food on television, and he is the creator of the "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, an international competition in which scientists explain their research through interpretive dance. At BIDS he is working on tools for “reproducible journalism,” particularly with the IPython Notebook.