Or at least not at Cornell University, where I gave 3 lectures Thurs. & had follow up meetings w/ folks Friday.
This is a university that gets the importance of integrating the practice of science and science-informed policymaking with the science of science communication. The number of scholars across various departments in both the natural and social sciences who are applying themselves to this objective in their scholarship and pedagogy is pretty amazing.
No. 1 was a tallk for the Gloal Leadership Fellows affiliated with the Cornell Alliance for Science (“a global initiative for science-based communication”). B/c the Fellows--an amazingly smart & talented group of science communication professionals & students-- were going to tail me for the rest of the day, I thought I should pose a couple of questions that they could think about & that I’d answer in later lectures. Of course, I asked them for their own answers in the meantime. Since theirs answers were, predictably, better than the ones I was going to give, I just substituted theirs for mine later in the day--who would notice, right?
The questions were:
1. Do U.S. farmers believe in climate change? &
2. Do evolution non-believers enjoy watching documentaries on human evolution?
No. 2 was lecture to class “The GMO Debate: Science, Society, and Global Impacts.” Title of my talk was, “Are GMOs toxic for the science communication environment? Vice versa?” I think I might have been the first person to break the news to them that there isn’t any public contestation over GM foods in the U.S.