John Fett, professor emeritus of life sciences communication, dies at 85

The following is a press release published by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences that has been adapted and republished here. John Fett, a professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Life Sciences Communication who shaped the department’s course for more than three decades, on Jan. 30, 2018. He was 85. Born on May 7, 1932 in Plymouth, Wis., he earned a trifecta of degrees from UW–Madison: a B.S. in Agricultural Journalism (now Life Sciences Communication) in 1961, a M.S. in Agricultural Journalism in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication in 1967. He was hired as an instructor at the university in 1962 and joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Journalism as a professor in 1967.
February 2, 2018

Science and social media course cuts across disciplines

The internet is transforming the relationship between science and society. Open-access peer-reviewed journals, scientific blogs and online scientific communities have made science more accessible than ever. At the same time, the ease of online searching and ubiquity of social media has fostered the spread of misinformation and pseudoscience. As a result, social media literacy is increasingly important within the sphere of science.
February 28, 2018

LSC’s science communication colloquium will feature an exciting line-up

This semester's Life Sciences Communication colloquium will bring acclaimed speakers from near and far. Over the course of the semester, attendees of the colloquium will hear from experts in science communication, science policy, sustainability marketing, media sociology, and other interesting areas. The talks are free and open to the public. Videos will be published shortly after each talk for those unable to attend. Check out the list of speakers below. You can click the speakers' names for more information about them. 
January 11, 2018

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