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Each semester over three years, beginning in Fall 2019, we will hold public events to have wider conversations about reproducibility, efficiency, and the trustworthiness of scientific research.

October 6, 2020, 7-8:30pm

Conversations about Science and Society: COVID-19 Clinical Trials and Reproducibility

Online Panel Discussion and Conversation

Moderator: Alan C. Love (Philosophy)

Panelists: David Boulware (Infectious Diseases and International Medicine); Susan Kline (Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine); Michael Puskarich (Emergency Medicine); Radha Rajasingham (Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine)

The reliability of scientific research depends on whether it is reproducible, but the process of replicating results takes time. Under emergency circumstances, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, this can seem burdensome. How should we understand reproducibility in the context of clinical trials related to COVID-19? Does it matter whether investigators concentrate on prevention, treatment, or reducing the severity of the disease? Do emergency circumstances change how we think about the process of replicating results? Join us for an online conversation with four panelists who are leading COVID-19 clinical trials at the University of Minnesota to explore questions about scientific reproducibility at the intersection of science and society.

Edouard Machery's presentation will be rescheduled for spring 2021.

What’s a Replication?
Edouard Machery

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

This talk develops a new, general account of replication (“the Resampling Account of replication”): I argue that a replication is an experiment that resamples the experimental components of an original experiment that are treated as random factors and that the function of replications is, narrowly, to assess the reliability of the replicated experiments. On this basis, I argue that the common notion of conceptual replication is confused, and that the on-going controversy about the relative value of direct and conceptual replications should be dissolved.

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Conversations about Science and Society: Personality, Sex, and Reproducibility

Featured speakers: Colin DeYoung (Psychology, University of Minnesota) and Marlene Zuk (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota)

Scientific studies help explain how people act and behave. But sometimes these studies show different results when repeated on different populations. What expectations should we have for studies of personality and sexual behavior? And how much can we generalize across groups, or even across species? Join us for a conversation about reproducibility in the contexts of psychological studies of personality, biological studies of sexual behavior, and how we think about the intersection of science and society.

Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 6 pm.

Location: Day Block Brewing Co, 1105 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415


Light refreshments available.

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Faces of the speakers at the event: Marlene Zuk and Colin DeYoung


During the Spring 2020 semester the Many Faces of Reproducibility collaborators had intended working with the Minnesota Academy of Sciences ( As the State Science Fair will now be held online ( we have provided a handout ( as an alternative to the in-person presentation originally planned.