Communication, Media & Politics in a World at Risk

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Science & Risk Communication

SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURES FOR LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: MAJOR MODELS AND APPROACHES

This deliberative forum held as part of the World Wide Views on Biodiversity initiative 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 important feedback for experts...

Why Google’s Support for Sen. James Inhofe Is Not Only Morally Wrong, But Bad for Business

In 2011, as a Google Science Communication fellow, I spent several days with other scientists and academics at the company’s headquarters learning about new tools and strategies for engaging the public on climate change. That’s why so many of us were deeply troubled to learn about Google’s July 11, 2013 fundraiser supporting Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s...

Getting Started With Science Blogging

In a few weeks, I will be at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, teaching a workshop on science communication and public engagement.  In preparation for that course, I put together a brief backgrounder for those interested in starting a blog or in contributing to their institution’s blog. One of the challenges in getting...

Applying Science Communication Research to Policy Debates: What Role for Scientists and their Organizations?

In 2009, I contributed a chapter to the edited volume Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions that was a first attempt on my part to dig deeper into the the normative and ethical dimensions of science communication, particularly many of the questions that had been raised by the growing attention to communication research over the decade...