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Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Over the past decade, among the most frequently voiced criticisms of higher education is that universities are not adequately preparing students to be successful professionals, engaged citizens, and/or informed consumers of information. The social sciences and the humanities are among the most vulnerable to these charges; as fields like communication, sociology, and political science are...
Pew Research Associate in Science & Technology

Pew Research Associate in Science & Technology

For more than a decade, the Pew Research Center has been among the top survey firms tracking public attitudes about controversial science and technology-related issues, substantially contributing to our understanding of opinion trends related to climate change, biomedical research, and other topics. In more specialized survey studies, the Pew Center was also among the first to...
Health Appeals Persuade Conservatives to Support Climate Action

Health Appeals Persuade Conservatives to Support Climate Action

An excellent new open-access study at Climatic Change by Columbia University researchers builds on our past work, finding that health appeals, rather than climate appeals, persuade conservatives to support policy action to limit greenhouse gas pollution.      
Assistant Professor of Science Communication @ University of Wisconsin-Madison

Assistant Professor of Science Communication @ University of Wisconsin-Madison

For junior level specialists in science communication, this is likely one of the top positions to open up over the past 5 years or so. — MN Full Listing UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC), located in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS), seeks applications for a tenure track assistant professor in...
Knowledge-Based Journalism in Science Debates

Knowledge-Based Journalism in Science Debates

Over the past decade, an increasing number of social scientists have analyzed political conflicts related to science, technology and the environment. This research, on what the U.S. National Academies calls the “science of science communication,” has focused on topics including the communication strategies of the expert community; the impact of worldviews on acceptance of expert...