Framing Science

Archives for June, 2009

In the latest issue of the journal Public Understanding of Science, Lorraine Whitmarsh from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK, publishes a study that finds that the terms “climate change” versus “global warming” matter to public perceptions. In a mail survey of a representative sample of 590 residents from the Portsmouth,…

Timed with the World Federation of Science Journalists meeting in London, Nature magazine has put together a selection of recent articles focusing on journalism and science communication. The selection includes our recent article at Nature Biotechnology (PDF, news release).

[Contributed by guest blogger, Katherine Broendel] The last time I posted, I wrote about the effects pornography and violent pornography may have on viewers’ perspectives of women and sexual violence. Rather than stating an opinion, I provided a brief review of some of the studies I read as preliminary research for my thesis. On a…

I am in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin today to give this lecture at 7pm on campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

In the lead editorial at Science last week, Harvard University’s Cristine Russell discusses the many emerging possibilities in science journalism. It’s a mistake to frame current events as a “crisis,” correctly explains Russell, but rather to look at trends as an opportunity to diversify, innovate, and experiment with new models and formats, expanding the network…

Framing food problems as a matter of public accountability and sinister corporate control. As I wrote earlier this week, the new documentary Food Inc. has the potential to significantly boost the public profile of a range of food-related problems, connecting them together under the perceptual umbrella of public accountability and corporate malfeasance. In achieving this…

Newspapers–and their localized science and environmental coverage–might be in decline across the U.S., but new ethnic media outlets, many of them in languages other than English, are thriving. These outlets will be centrally important for reaching broader audiences with localized and relevant news and information about science, environment, and health. For example, many of these…

MIT Knight Science Journalism Tracker has posted a PDF version of the Nature Biotechnology article. Previously, the article has only been available to readers with an institutional subscription. See also the news release.

Next week on Thursday, June 25 I will be visiting one of my favorite cities Madison, Wisconsin to give a lecture titled “What’s Next for Science Communication?” It’s part of a summer speaker series sponsored by the Dept. of Life Sciences Communication and the Holtz Center on Science and Technology Studies at the University of…

Readers in the DC area will definitely want to check out the upcoming event on June 23 at the National Academies. Details are posted below. I hope to be able to attend and to report back on some collected remarks. It will be interesting to compare the thoughts of the assembled practitioners with the conclusions…