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Dietram Scheufele
John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication
John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication
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"The shift in tech toward quantitative disciplines will impact all walks of life" ... including #highered. 

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In my latest column at The Conversation, I discuss a new study w/ Ezra Markowitz examining the factors shaping AAAS members' political engagement and public outreach.

https://theconversation.com/inside-americas-science-lobby-what-motivates-aaas-members-to-engage-the-public-38065

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There has been lots of discussion in the last couple of days about the parts of Governor Walker's budget targeting renewable energy research: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walker-wants-to-end-funding-for-renewable-energy-program-b99452612z1-294532231.html.  

All of that is not too surprising for those of us who're studying why the same science means different things to different people.  Case in point, a study by Michael Cacciatore, Andy Binder, Bret Shaw​ and myself on how partisanship colors views of science, on both sides of the political aisle:

Cacciatore, M. A., Binder, A. R., Scheufele, D. A., & Shaw, B. R. (2013). Public attitudes toward biofuels: Effects of knowledge, political partisanship, and media use. Politics and the Life Sciences, 31(1-2), 36-51. doi: 10.2990/31_1-2_36.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23379314
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"When cues clarifying the political stakes of nanotechnology are made available, individuals are willing to read information from countervailing sources. When such cues are lacking, however, individuals avoid incongruent information and opt for headlines from attitude consistent sources."

http://ann.sagepub.com/content/658/1/172.abstract

New piece in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science with +Sara K. Yeo, +Michael Xenos, +Dominique Brossard ...
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Title says it all ...

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"We are now entering a time of research developments, technological innovation and policy development where it is not only possible to peer review scientific ideas, but also to discuss possible consequences before the work is done. Could such a discussion not only focus on the merits of the science in question, feasibility and value for money, but also the impact of success on society as a whole?"

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