Public Understanding of Sciences and Health


PUSH in 2014

AUSTIN - Exiting things have been happening at the University of Texas at Austin as we build our research related to health and science communication.

Jay M. Bernhardt, former director of the National Center for Health Marketing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the founding director of The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication's new Center for Health Communication.

Beginning July 1, Dr. Bernhardt also joined the faculty as the Everett D. Collier Centennial Chair, a professorship in the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. 

In March 2014, Health Communication Editor Teresa Thompson delivered the 2014 Moody College of Communication McGovern Lecture in Health Communication to an audience of faculty and students. The title of her talk was "How to get published in Health Communication." The talk is available here.

In April 2014, Elizabeth Mitchell, School of Journalism & Communication, The University of Queensland, delivered a talk, "Gas versus the Good Life: The Unconventional Gas Controversy in the United States and Australia, 2008 to 2013."

In other news, to help more graduate students learn to develop and conduct health communication research, Michael Mackert, associate professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations created the Health Communication Scholars Program. It is funded by a $25,000 Provost's Teaching Fellowship that he received in October of 2013. In the Health Communication Scholars Program, graduate students form interdisciplinary teams, participate in a grant-writing workshop and submit proposals for their planned research. Awardees for 2014 are listed in the program's Website.

Talks and meetings of interest

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Some of our favorite campus resources

Hot Science, Cool Talks: For more than a decade the Environmental Science Institute has hosted several large, free public lectures each semester that feature leading scientists from UT and beyond. These free lectures are intended for the public, are entertaining, and attract audiences exceeding 400 people from Austin and surrounding communities. Check out the Hot Science and see what you've been missing!  

EUREKA! is a searchable database designed to support undergraduate participation in research and creative activity across the campus. EUREKA includes profiles for The University of Texas at Austin faculty members with information about their research interests as well as a listing of posted openings for undergraduates on research projects.

Sustainability, a Webpage of the University of Texas at Austin that features highlights of the efforts underway at UT to create an increasingly sustainable campus.

Science and Health News Feeds: The Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk (ComSHER) Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication hosts a news feed for science and health-related news and research.