This conference explored the evolution of science communication, addressing key issues and offering substance for future study. Harnessing the energies of junior scholars on the forefront of science communication, it allowed scholars to sample the multiple paradigms and agendas that will play a role in shaping the future of science communication.
The conference investigated the nature of expertise, the diffusion of knowledge and how to effectively communicate science and technology among professionals and to the public.
Publication: Communicating Science - Sept. 15, 2009
Editors: LeeAnn Kahlor (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches courses in public relations, and science and health communication. She is affiliated with UT’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the university’s Environmental Sciences Institute. Her work has appeared in Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Health Communication, Risk Analysis, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, Media Psychology and the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media.
Patricia A. Stout (Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is professor and John P. McGovern Regents Professor in Health and Medical Science Communication in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches courses in persuasive communication and health communication. Stout is former co-director of the Center for Health Promotion Research (CHPR) in the School of Nursing at UT Austin and her work has been published in several book chapters and journals.