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Posts tagged "Science Communication Research"

At the Scientist Magazine, Five Myths about Science, the Media, and the Public

In an opinion article at The Scientist magazine, Dietram Scheufele and I discuss 5 intuitive but persistant myths about science, the media, and the public, drawing on conclusions discussed at the recent National Academies “Science of Science Communication” conference.  The five myths we highlight include: 1. Americans no longer trust scientists. 2. Science journalism is...

Reading List for Course on Science and Environmental Communication

UPDATE: SEE THE LATEST VERSION OF THIS COURSE AND READING LIST FROM SPRING 2014 This semester, students from a diversity of majors at American University are participating in an advanced seminar I am teaching on science and environmental communication. For the first part of the semester, we are covering core issues and themes.  In the process,...

Study Maps the Relationship Between Cable News and Climate Change Perceptions

A new study finds that Fox News tends to feature guests who doubt the reality of climate change and stories that dismiss the need for action, while CNN and MSNBC tend to feature guests who assert the reality of climate change and the need for action.  Interestingly, however, Fox tends to devote more attention to...

Public Opinion and Participation in the Climate Change Debate

Public opinion about climate change, observes the New York Times’ Andrew Revkin, can be compared to “waves in a shallow pan,” easily tipped with “a lot of sloshing but not a lot of depth.” In a recently published chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, I review research that provides several explanations...

How Scientists View the Public, the Media, and the Political Process

Most scientists in the US and UK blame public ignorance of science for flawed policy preferences and political choices. They tend to be critical of media coverage, yet rate favorably their own experience with the media.  Scientists say policy-makers and journalists are the most important groups to engage and view the public as having secondary...

Report On Conveying the Health Implications of Climate Change

In a 2008 study led by my colleague Ed Maibach,  over half of the nation’s public health departments reported that their communities were already experiencing health effects from climate change, yet fewer than 10% were taking steps to educate members of their community about the risks.  Motivated by this finding, over the past two years...