SSP, formerly Science Service, was born as an organization in 1921 for the purpose of disseminating scientific information to newspapers around the country. SSP’s co-founder, E.W. Scripps, of the influential publishing family, felt that democracy was threatened by a lack of scientific understanding. William E.
Myrna Killey, a retired geologist, is concerned when she hears about things, such as the teaching of creationism in public schools, that demonstrate that many people don’t grasp the role of science and what research can teach us about our world. But she was encouraged when she was involved in public outreach activities at the Illinois State Geological Survey and saw that many people are interested in learning and could understand scientific principles if the information is communicated to them in the right way.
Science News astronomy writer Ron Cowen was on NPR’s Science Friday last week to discuss a new study that supports a watery past for Mars. “People agree that 3.5 million years ago, or so, there was some water, but it’s not clear how much,” Ron told the show’s host, Ira Flatow. Ron also discussed the next steps for finding out how much water the Red Planet may have had. This was Ron’s fourth appearance on Science Friday since January.