Exciting lineup planned for LSC’s Science Communication Colloquium

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LSC’s spring 2021 virtual science communication colloquium brought acclaimed speakers from near and far. Attendees of the colloquium heard from experts in science communication, science and technology studies, science policy, and new information technologies, among other interesting areas.

The colloquium took place each Wednesday from 12:05 to 1 p.m. CST via Zoom. This semester the colloquium was led by LSC director of academic programs Dietram A. Scheufele. Check out the list of speakers below. A recording of the presentation has been made publicly available following the individual talks. Check here for links to the talks and follow @UW_LSC or #uwlsc700 on Twitter for tweets from the talks.

Speaker Schedule:

Week 1, 01/27: – Introduction – 

Week 2, 02/03: Nan Li, Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Science Visualizations, Emotions, and Risk Perception of COVID-19

Week 3, 02/10: Ann Merchant, Deputy Executive Director – Office of Communications, Creative Engagement Programs: The Science & Entertainment Exchange / LabX, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, “Science Goes Hollywood: An Introduction to The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a Program of The National Academies of Sciences

Week 4, 02/17: K. “Vish” Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communications in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and in the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Health Studies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “Measuring What Matters: Data Absenteeism, Health Communication, and Equity

Week 5, 02/24: Lisa Lundy, Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida, “I am the Audience: What I’ve Learned About Motivated Reasoning and Science Communication from Parenting a Child with a Chronic Illness

Week 6, 03/03: Sedona Chinn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Measuring Politicization and Polarization in Science News using Text-as-Data Approaches

Week 7, 03/10: Amanda Boyd, Associate Professor of Risk Communication at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University, “Incorporating Local Values, Community, and Culture into Communication Research” (video forthcoming)

Week 8, 03/17: Kaiping Chen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “How Nationalism Affects People’s Misperceptions and Engagement with Science: Evidence from Survey and Social Media Analyses on China

Week 9: 03/24: Ágnes Horvát, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, “Studying Online Scholarly Communication at Scale Using Network Science and Machine Learning

Week 10: 03/31: Alex Clark, Digital Video Producer, NOVA Science Studio, “Unpacking Science Misinformation Through Social Video

Week 11: 04/07: Lauren Feldman, Associate Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, “Can Laughter Help Save the Planet? Comedy’s Role in Communication about Climate Change

Week 12: 04/14: – Canceled –

Week 13: 04/21: Percival Matthews, Associate Professor in the Department of Education Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Everyday Academics: Unleashing the Power of Research Through Effective Communication

Week 14: 04/28: Michael Xenos, Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Networked Digital Inequalities and Incidental Exposure: Online Social Network Properties and Engagement with Science in the Digital Age