Sleepless in Seattle: Re-Cap on Framing Science Tour
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."
On Friday, I was in Seattle for our latest stop in the Speaking Science 2.0 tour. We were hosted by the University of Washington's Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP), the Dept. of Communication, the Pacific Science Center, and Town Hall Seattle. (I will have a post up later about how FOSEP serves as an innovative model for regional collaborations around science communication.)
The day started at 11am with a presentation I gave to about 60 faculty and graduate students on the communication dynamics of the stem cell debate. While I was wrapping up the presentation at the Student Union, Chris Mooney was in the studios at KUOW, appearing on the NPR affiliate's The Conversation to discuss our visit (audio). After lunch, I met with several UW faculty including Leah Ceccarelli from Communication, Carl Bergstrom from Biology, and Kelly Fryer-Edwards from Medical History and Ethics.
At 3pm, we gathered with about 25 graduate students from FOSEP for an informal discussion of emerging issues in science communication. We then headed out with several graduate students for spicy Mexican seafood at Peso's Kitchen and Lounge.
At 7, it was time for the marquee event, our joint IMAX theater presentation at the Pacific Science Center before an audience of about 180. The Scientist had shipped to Seattle about 400 copies of the October issue featuring the cover article on framing, and copies were distributed to attendees throughout the day.
After the talk, about 25 people headed to McMenamins Pub. I had the chance to finally meet Mark Powell from the Ocean Conservancy. Powell is quoted in the reader comment side bar of our article at The Scientist, and has this post up about our Seattle talk at his site Blog Fish. I also had the chance to share a beer with Brian Smoliak, a graduate student at UW in Atmospheric Sciences, who is trying to launch a science beat at the school's daily newspaper. In today's edition, Brian has this article up about Friday's events.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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