Culture Connect Featured Event
presentsGive Science a Chance: Communicating about Environmental Risks
Dr. Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor, Departments of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, March 14, 4 pm
No registration required – FREE
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium
University of Connecticut, Storrs People need trusted, comprehensible information about the risks and benefits of actions they take in relation to the environment. While scientists often do a wonderful job conveying their knowledge and passion to students in their classes, they are sometimes less successful with general audiences, for understandable reasons. The broader those audiences, the less likely it is that they share the background knowledge, language, and interests of scientists’ students and colleagues. It is also less likely that scientists will get the direct, constructive feedback that scientists, like everyone else, need to communicate more effectively. The sciences of science communication can characterize these obstacles to mutual understanding between scientists and lay audiences, then develop and evaluate ways to overcome them.
http://doddcenter.uconn.edu/asc/events/teale/teale.htm - 860.486.4500
The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment.