When a critic turns believer, can the story of that conversion sway others? A new Annenberg Public Policy Center study examines the effect on public attitudes of a "conversion message" about the use of genetically modified foods.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center has released a pair of Science Media Monitor reports analyzing how the news media cover the ethical questions surrounding gene editing with CRISRP/Cas9, and scientific retractions.
Public sentiment on GMOs shifted following the release of a consensus report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a study finds.
In an article for the journal Politics and the Life Sciences, Kathleen Hall Jamieson looks at the role that language plays when science is conveyed to the public. Examples include the outbreak of "mad cow" disease in Britain.
Oxford has published The Handbook of the Science of Science Communication, the first in a series overseen by the Annenberg Public Policy Center's Science of Science Communication program.
APPC postdoctoral fellows presented their research overseas, speaking on GMOs and risk perceptions at a Society for Risk Analysis forum in Italy and on publication bias at a talk in Germany.
APPC researchers urge scientists to engage with the public on scientific issues but caution them to carefully choose their audiences and avoid two-sided debates explicitly framed as conflicts.