New faculty profile: Neil Stenhouse explores impact of science comm on political behavior

Neil Stenhouse joined the faculty in the Department of Life Sciences Communication as an assistant professor this August. Briefly describe your career path—up to this point. I got my BS in Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand, where I’m from. Following that I spent two years teaching English in Japan, where I became interested in getting a graduate degree in political science. I started that degree at the University of Auckland when I returned to New Zealand. In the midst of that degree I became interested in the politics of climate change, and found out about the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Their work seemed an ideal match between my main area of interest and the kind of quantitative social science research I’d done up until that point. So I applied to start a Communication PhD at George Mason, and did ...
November 2, 2015

Dietram Scheufele named to NAS gene editing panel

Dietram Scheufele, professor of life sciences communication at UW-Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research affiliate, will serve on a national panel examining the implications of human genome editing. [caption id="attachment_10997" align="alignright" width="225"] Photo courtesy of Kyle Cassidy of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.[/caption] The committee, announced Nov. 12 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, will examine the clinical, ethical, legal and social implications of the emerging technology. Genome editing holds great medical promise but also poses risks of off-target genetic alterations and raises fears it could irrevocably alter the human germline.
November 17, 2015
Fewster visited the department during its 100th anniversary celebration. Here she stands with professor emeritus Larry Meiller and Juli Hinds, who got one of Fewster's scholarships in 2005.

LSC remembers alumna Jean Fewster, gracious donor and friend

Members of the Department of Life Sciences Communication are remembering fondly all that Jean Fewster — successful alumna, gracious donor, and great friend of LSC — did for the department before passing away on Oct. 15, 2015 at the age of 91. [caption id="attachment_11012" align="alignleft" width="175"] Jean Fewster, LSC alumna and donor.[/caption] Originally from Toronto, Canada, Fewster’s career began with the Dairy Farmers of Canada. She went coast-to-coast spreading knowledge of the importance of dairy in the home through avenues like recipes, brochures, and radio shows. She then came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a master’s degree in home economics journalism and nutrition and earned a Ph.D. in mass communications in 1969 in the Department of Agricultural Journalism, which is now known as the Department of Life Sciences Communication. “She just filled up the room wherever she went and was so positive and upbeat,” said LSC professor emeritus Larry Meiller, who knew Fewster. ...
November 23, 2015

Recent Publications

  • Li, N., Brossard, D., Yi-Fan Su, L., Liang, X., Xenos, M., Scheufele, D. (2015). Policy decision-making, public involvement and nuclear energy: what do expert stakeholders think and why? (more…)

  • Hopke, J., Simis, M. (2015). Discourse over a contested technology on Twitter: A case study of hydraulic fracturing. (more…)

  • Spartz, J.T., Yi-Fan Su, L., Griffin, R., Brossard, D., Dunwoody, S. (2015). YouTube, Social Norms and Perceived Salience of Climate Change in the American Mind. (more…)

  • Witzling, L., Shaw, B., Amato, M.S. (2015). Incorporating Information Exposure Into a Theory of Planned Behavior Model to Enrich Understanding of Proenvironmental Behavior. (more…)

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