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Oxford Handbook on Science of Science Communication: Preorder this now, before sells out!

 

At $160.00, this collection is actually much cheaper than most books of its genre. Plus it contains more insight.  How could you go wrong, then, in buying it or buying multiple copies even?

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Too late for the book, I"ll offer the following for $0.

I think that a fascinating case of creative protest and cultural change is taking place just to the north of me this week in Wyoming, raising awareness of gender discrimination and bullying and apparently taking some big steps forward.

First there was the horrific murder years ago of Matthew Shephard: http://www.matthewshepard.org/

Then, the movie: "Brokeback Mountain", based on the short story by Annie Proulx: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388795/.

Just last week, Wyoming Senator MIke Enzi was speaking to a high school audience in Greybull, Wyoming and made some comments that were taken as blaming the victims actions for resulting attacks, and thus condoning bullying: https://www.greybullstandard.com/2017/04/25/enzi-comments-at-greybull-high-school-stir-controversy/. He had a few other things to say as well:

"U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) visited Greybull High School for a scheduled Q&A with students in grades 6–12. During his visit Enzi called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “illegal,” said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ job will be to shut down a large part of the Department of Education, and responded to a question about LGBTQ rights in Wyoming with an anecdote about a man being surprised at the fact that he gets beat up for “wearing a tutu to the bar.”"

This prompted others to start a protest, partially online, which received some national publicity: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/28/526073329/tutu-protests-and-parties-break-out-in-wyoming-over-senators-remark, with people in Wyoming dressing in tutus and posting the photos online.

Last night this morphed into a major event at many Wyoming bars and taverns: http://laramielive.com/laramie-live-and-let-tutu-pub-crawl-will-show-support-for-lgbtq-community/?trackback=tsmclip, in towns like Laramie, Cheyenne, Sheridan, Pinedale and Lander, with some establishments offering free drinks to customers wearing tutus.

"Participating bars in the Laramie downtown will be offering discount drinks to those sporting tutus from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
For those who don’t have tutus of their own, Vanata said a tutu-sewing workshop at the Laramie Plains Civic Center, in the Gem City Art Team Studio will help make tutus for the pub crawl. Vanata said Conor Mullen and June Glasson organized the workshop."

Interestingly, Wyoming being basically the very small community that it is, and Senator Enzi turning out to be the sort of individual who could give his previous comments some thought, he has now apologized. Both to the high school to whom he spoke, and to the man who may have been in the back of his mind when he made the comment. Therefore, I think that the demonstrations turned out to be a highly successful means of moving Wyoming forward as a state of caring communites. Casper, Wyoming is at the center of both the cattle ranching and the oil and gas cowboy and roughneck cultures. I think that the article below, now publicly including Larry "Sissy" Godwin as an acknowledged city resident, is an interesting step forward for city, and state, culture. The Casper Star Tribune is distributed statewide. http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/enzi-apologizes-to-man-at-center-of-tutu-controversy/article_fea20c22-6047-5639-8d99-f166538241c9.htm

April 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

If researchers want to bring their work "out of the lab" and "into the field" (as noted on the previous post) are there any plans for the abridged, paperback, pop sci version of the tome above? The world is big, and even if the ivory tower types disperse, there are not going to be enough to go around. I think that the publication of a small handbook of proposed science communication suggestions and guidelines could be quite useful; particularly if it made provisions for feedback from users way out there in the field. The best of which then could be iterated into updates.

April 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

@Gaythia-- field studies will probably be covered in a subsequent volume. I doubt it will cost any less

April 29, 2017 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

One problem I have with the other two authors here,
Ms Jamieson >
Ph.D. in Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
• M.A. in Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
• B.A. in Rhetoric and Public Address, Marquette University.
> and Mr Scheufele >
Ph.D. 1999, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Mass Communications (Ph.D. Minor in Political Science)
M.A. 1997, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Journalism & Mass Communication
B.A. equiv. 1995, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany, Publizistik
(Nebenfächer: Politikwissenschaft, Betriebswirtschaftslehre)
> is that I never understood the utility of a degree in "education" - teach, yes, but teach what?

Psychology, the law, political analysis, mass communications, sociology, are all among the qualifications of the distinguished editors - Dan Kahan's qualifications are too well known to list separately - but in communicating about sciences (biology, physics, even mathematics) shouldn't someone with a scientific background have been consulted?
If only "communication" with no regard to the subject being communicated is to be considered, then the opinion of Robert Kennedy Jr. on climate skeptics >
"....."I think it's treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous, yes I do," Kennedy explained. "They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail, I think they should be enjoying three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals,...."
> is as valid as Al Gore's CO2 modeling. That Kennedy also opposes vaccinations, claiming they cause autism, hardly helps his cause.

When "treason" and "war crimes" enter any scientific discussion, most (in the US, more than 2/3) people regardless of their political affiliation will understandably tune out whatever valid point may have been made in the process.. It's not anti-science, it's self-preservation - trained psychologists may suffer no ill effects from listening to incoherent drivel, but most of the rest of us do. By tacitly accepting such support, actual climate scientists are approaching in credibility the nutritionists, whose assorted diet advice has proved so wrong so many times, ever while obesity rates have skyrocketed.

April 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEcoute Sauvage

Link drop:

https://thewalrus.ca/how-science-can-help-us-disagree/

April 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

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