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"“You cannot treat all science fields as the same”, “You cannot treat all science fields ".... “Each is a separate market and women’s progress -- or lack of progress -- depends upon the field.”http://gu.com/p/46ktq/stw

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empirical evidence of moderated reasoning for the issue of biofuels #scicomm  
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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More and more concerns about the increasing politicization of science

"All of this seems to me part of a worrying tendency that began with the Republican administration, but to which Democrats are by no means immune, to use McCarthy-like tactics," Steig said.

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_27593340/cu-boulders-roger-pielke-jr-says-congressman-is

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"If we wait for perfect evidence, we will wait forever. Perfect evidence is Santa Claus: (spoiler alert) It does not exist." #scicomm  

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Biotechnology and biofuels.. 

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"...scientists have a duty to push the boundaries -- and in this case redefine how the fusion of technology and living systems will shape the future. A serious debate is needed.'

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"Science communication cannot exist in a vacuum, however. When talking about vaccination you have to consider parents’ instinct to protect their children from any threat, real or perceived."

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"The best hope for improving the lot of all women, and for closing what Wolfers and Stevenson call a “new gender gap”—measured by well-being rather than wages—is to close the leadership gap: to elect a woman president and 50 women senators; to ensure that women are equally represented in the ranks of corporate executives and judicial leaders.

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Scientists are beginning to embrace social media as a viable means of communicating with public audiences.

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New article published in PS: Political Science and Politics with +Dietram Scheufele, +Michael Xenos, +Dominique Brossard, and +Amy Bree Becker.

"Although race, political ideology, and “born-again” or evangelical Christian status were the primary drivers of misperceptions about Obama’s faith, media use had a more crucial role in predicting the more widespread misperception about Palin. Misattribution of the Fey quote to Palin was greatest among heavy viewers of traditional news media and late-night TV comedy..."
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