Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
This Molecular World

Speaker Profile:

Joe Schwarcz - 'Fake News' in Science

Joe Schwarcz

The propelling of the notion of “fake news” onto the front pages of newspapers in light of recent political events has had an interesting spinoff. It has allowed science communicators to bring to the public’s attention the growing threat of the penetration into the media of pseudoscience, which is in itself, a type of “fake news.”


Professor Joe Schwarcz holds a Ph.D. from McGill University, where he is Director of the “Office for Science and Society” which is dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. An amateur conjurer, Dr. Joe often spices up his presentations with a little magic. He has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal radio, has appeared hundreds of times on television, and is the author of 16 best sellers.