Climategate: A MichiganScience Symposium

A potentially beautiful scene looks ominous when covered in fog and shadow. “Climategate” reveals a similar phenomenon regarding climate data.

The revelation last November that scientists associated with the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia hid or destroyed research data and shunned dissenters among their ranks continues to generate controversy. Leaked CRU e-mails from the past decade display what MichiganScience believes is a teachable moment for science students — most notably, how the failure to follow the basic principles of science can result in unsound theories rather than open debate. MichiganScience assembled a distinguished panel to discuss the Climategate scandal and what it means for the future of scientific inquiry, reporting and education.