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National Academies PILS Lecture: Twenty Years of Evolving Models & Approaches to Science Communication

National Academies PILS Lecture: Twenty Years of Evolving Models & Approaches to Science Communication

The deliberative forum pictured above was held as part of the World Wide Views on Biodiversity initiative and is an example of a “public engagement” approach to life sciences communication. Research suggests that when institutions invest in carefully designed public dialogue, such efforts can boost public trust, promote perceptions of fairness and responsiveness, and provide...
#SCIOCOMM: National Academies #Sackler Google Hangout Discussion of Key Concepts in #SciComm

#SCIOCOMM: National Academies #Sackler Google Hangout Discussion of Key Concepts in #SciComm

On July 30, 2013 in anticipation of the National Academies Sackler Colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication II“, I participated in a Google + Hang Out hosted by Liz Neeley of Compass. You can watch the conversation above. Also participating in the conversation were the following leading science communication researchers or practitioners. Dr. Ayelet...
What Carl Sagan, Brian Greene and E.O. Wilson Understand About Effective Communication

What Carl Sagan, Brian Greene and E.O. Wilson Understand About Effective Communication

In 2008, I discussed with Big Think why popularizers like Brian Greene, E.O. Wilson, and Carl Sagan are so effective at engaging the public on complex science subjects. I also described how research can inform science organizations and others institutions in doing systematically what these great popularizers have learned to do intuitively. Below is video...
American Ideas: Conversation with "Cure for Everything" Author Timothy Caulfield

American Ideas: Conversation with “Cure for Everything” Author Timothy Caulfield

In May, University of Alberta health law expert Timothy Caulfield visited American University to discuss his best-selling book “The Cure for Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness.” Caulfield spent a year going on a “quest to find the truth about the things that make us healthy,” wading through a mass of misinformation,...
National Academies Lecture on Media & Science Policy Debates

National Academies Lecture on Media & Science Policy Debates

On Tuesday, May 22, I delivered a lecture as part of the National Academies’ Sackler Colloquium on the “Science of Science Communication,” reviewing the role of the media in science policy debates.   The video of the lecture along with those of my fellow panelists Dominique Brossard and William Eveland is now available online and embedded above....
Science in Society Series: Interview with Author David Kirby on Scientists in Hollywood, Oct. 2011

Science in Society Series: Interview with Author David Kirby on Scientists in Hollywood, Oct. 2011

On October 27, 2011, the School of Communication at American University hosted University of Manchester (UK) scholar David Kirby who discussed the role of scientists as Hollywood consultants on blockbuster movies ranging from Jurassic Park to a Beautiful Mind.  Kirby, author of the book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists and Cinema, was interviewed by SOC professor Matthew Nisbet....
Science in Society Series: Interview with Climate Fix Author Roger Pielke, Spring 2011

Science in Society Series: Interview with Climate Fix Author Roger Pielke, Spring 2011

This past spring semester, American University hosted an event featuring Roger Pielke Jr., a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder and author of The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell You About Global Warming. The event — for which I served as moderator — was co-sponsored by the School of...