On the Road with Speaking Science 2.0
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
Even before the publication of our Science and Washington Post commentaries, Chris and I were asked to do a number of joint talks in various cities. As attention grew to our Framing Science thesis, we decided to formally launch a Web site devoted to the arguments raised in these articles and to other ideas that we are developing in forthcoming work.
So we're now pleased to announce a site at ScienceBlogs: "Speaking Science 2.0: The Road to 2008 and Beyond." It includes much additional information: Upcoming Events, Previous Speeches (available as Powerpoints, Audio, or Video), Articles, Media Coverage, and Further Resources.
The first of our presentations will be on May 10, 2007, at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City. (Details here.)
We're hitting the road to (we hope) spark a national conversation about science communication. In talking to colleagues this past weekend at Cornell University where I gave a similar talk, I'm convinced that we are at a tipping point for questioning old assumptions and trying out new ideas in this area.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
It turns out the human scalp has an olfactory receptor that seems to play a crucial role in regulating hair follicle growth and death.
- Scientists treated scalp tissue with a chemical that mimics the odor of sandalwood.
- This chemical bound to an olfactory receptor in the scalp and stimulated hair growth.
- The treatment could soon be available to the public.
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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