SciMep research group teaches real-world research skills

Each Friday during the semester a group gathers in Hiram Smith Hall to discuss ongoing research projects, many lead by graduate students, surrounding public opinion on controversial science issues. The group is the Science, Media & the Public (SciMep) research group which explores issues relating to the social, legal, and ethical implications of scientific issues and emerging technologies. The group is housed in Life Sciences Communication and the principle investigators include LSC chair Dominique Brossard, LSC professors Dietram Scheufele, and Neil Stenhouse, and chair of the Department of Communication Arts and LSC faculty affiliate Michael Xenos.  In addition, graduate students from different departments, including LSC, the Department of Communication Arts and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, participate. [caption id="attachment_11577" align="alignleft" width="300"] LSC master's student Chris Wirz presents research findings to the group.[/caption] The group’s focus is unique.  According to LSC chair Dominque Brossard, “SciMep is one of the only research groups looking into these types ...
October 21, 2016

Alumni profile: Q & A with 2014 LSC grad and digital communications specialist Paige Miller

A passion for nutrition, health, and communication led Paige Miller to the Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC). A 2014 Bachelor of Science graduate of LSC, she brings the skill sets and theories she picked up in LSC to her position as a digital communications specialist for Legato Healthcare Marketing near Green Bay, Wis. LSC sat down with Miller to ask her about how she uses her education and why her time with LSC is so valuable to her. Question: Can you describe what your current position entails and explain how a UW–Madison and LSC education has been useful to you? Miller: As a digital communications specialist at Legato Healthcare Marketing, I work with our clients—mostly rural hospitals and specialty clinics—on developing digital marketing strategies. I get to work with our account teams to align digital strategies with overall marketing goals, and I work with our creative team to ensure our digital ...
September 21, 2016
LSC 111 mock press release

Students learn the essentials of journalistic writing at Capitol press conference

The day-to-day role of a news writer entails many tasks, from conducting interviews to investigating stories and writing articles.  One such task is attending and participating in press conferences.  Yet, for a novice writer this can be intimidating. [caption id="attachment_11556" align="alignleft" width="300"] Students gathered in the Wisconsin Assembly Chamber at the Capitol on Wednesday October 5th for a mock press conference.[/caption] Not so for the students of LSC 111: Science and Technology Newswriting.  Continuing with tradition, Department of Life Sciences Communication instructor Michael Flaherty arranged a mock press conference at the Wisconsin State Capitol just for the students of LSC 111.  These prospective writers will feel more comfortable heading into future press conferences having participated in a practice press conference in the Wisconsin Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol. The mock press conference, which took place on Wednesday October 5th, featured Frank Frassetto, director of the consumer protection division of the Wisconsin Department ...
October 12, 2016

Recent Publications

  • Witzling, L., Shaw, B., & Seiler, D. (2016). Segmenting boaters based on level of transience: outreach and policy implications for the prevention of aquatic invasive species.  (more…)

  • Stenhouse, N., Harper, A., Cai, X., Cobb, S., Nicotera, A., & Maibach, E. (2016). Conflict about Climate Change at the American Meteorological Society: Meteorologists’ Views on a Scientific and Organizational Controversy. (more…)

  • Kim, J., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. A., & Xenos, M. (2016). “Shared” information in the age of big data: Exploring sentiment expression related to nuclear energy on Twitter. (more…)

  • Myers, T., Kotcher, J., Stenhouse, N., Anderson, A.A., Maibach, E., Beall, L., & Leiserowitz, A. (2016). Predictors of trust in the general science & climate science research of US federal agencies. (more…)

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