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Ursula Heise and UCLA leaders weigh in on disinformation and the role higher education can play

UCLA leaders weigh in on disinformation and the role higher education can play in ensuring better outcomes that give the public real, accurate guidance.

UCLA experts gathered for a discussion on how colleges and universities can react in this challenging time and be beacons for strong research and truth. In its session “Looking Ahead: Science, Facts and the Public Debate”, professors Ursula Heise, Gilbert Gee and Safiya Noble tackled several topics, including public health and the pandemic, climate change, racial and social equity and disinformation.

“Knowledge is evolving, and science is a process for getting out knowledge,” she said. “That’s something that we need to maybe emphasize more at the university. Science is working on finding facts, but it doesn’t have a set of facts that once they’re found, are unalterable.”