Laura Helmuth spoke from her experience as a researcher and as a science journalist about the challenges of reporting on science and how societies can help bridge the gap between academia and the media.

Laura Helmuth is the Health, Science and Environment editor for The Washington Post. She is currently the president of the National Association of Science Writers. Previously she was the director of digital news for National Geographic, the science editor for Slate magazine, the science editor for Smithsonian magazine, and a reporter and editor for Science magazine’s news department. She serves on the board of directors of High Country News, a newsmagazine about the West; and on the board of advisors of Spectrum, a publication that covers autism research. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in cognitive neuroscience.