Mirror, mirror on the wall. Whom is science communication inclusive of, if not for all? I was taught that science is all about objectivity and rigor, and that science doesn’t care who you are. But science, like all other institutions, is susceptible to inequalities and biases. As science communicators, we know how important it … Read more Does Science Communication Promote Inclusivity?
What is at the root of science denial? Our October Twitter chat focused on whether or not education plays a part in science denial and polarization of public opinion on controversial science topics. We reviewed findings from a recently published paper by Caitlin Drummond and Baruch Fischhoff, which revealed an unexpected “paradox of polarization.” We … Read more Education alone is not the cure for science denial
Education strengthens science communication. Or does it??? Contrary to common sense (and conventional science communication approaches), increasing scientific education may actually enhances polarization in public opinion on controversial issues in science! We refer to this dynamic as the paradox of polarization. This month we are reviewing the article, “Individuals with Greater Science Literacy and … Read more Education strengthens science communication. Or does it???
During our April Twitter chat, we discussed the topic of “Building Public Trust in Science: Communicating Science Across the Partisan Divide.” We were joined by special guest, Mark Smith (@MS71541719), Honorable Mention Winner of our State Your Mission Challenge and former climate change skeptic turned environmental advocate. To kick off our discussion, we briefly reviewed … Read more Communicating Science Across the Partisan Divide
We received some awesome mission statement submissions during last month’s State Your Mission Challenge! One of our favorite mission statements got us thinking about some intriguing questions… Science (and by default, scientists) has become quite politicized, particularly around certain issues that are often the focus of partisan debates, such as climate change. How can … Read more Building Public Trust in Science: Communicating Science Across the Partisan Divide
We discussed the paper entitled, “Experiments in Engagement: Designing Public Engagement with Science and Technology for Capacity Building” by Selin, et al. during our Twitter chat on October 3, 2017. A summary of the paper can be found here. The paper was an attempt to address the broad question of how we can build capacity … Read more Building Capacity for Citizen Engagement in Science