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Reconceptualizing public engagement by land-grant university scientists

Kathleen Hall Jamieson comments on Rose, Markowitz, and Brossard’s recent study, “Scientists’ incentives and attitudes toward public communication.” In her article, Jamieson points out that the science faculty questioned in the Rose et al. study share a common land-grant heritage and the charter and obligations it carries. As faculty members in tenure track, they also are incentivized by similar rewards and constraints. Accordingly, their perceptions can provide insight into ways that these institutions can better honor their ancestral missions while also enhancing community engagement by those with the skill, temperament, interest, and expert knowledge needed to make a contribution worthy of their effort.