The Brave New World of (Science) Communication: How We All Make Sense of Complex Information in Modern News Environments: Dietram Scheufele is John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at U.W.-Madison. Abstract: We live in a world in which it is possible for citizens to access more (scientific) information with less effort than ever before. At the same time, politically divided news environments have created a world of filter bubbles and echo chambers that allow us to only hear what we already believe in. What are the effects of these new news environments on our democracy? And why are we as a country less equipped than ever before to debate controversial issues with each other in a civil fashion? This talk will explore some of these questions and what the latest research tells us about causes and possible solutions.