COVID-19 public health messages have been all over the place – but researchers know how to do better

During the pandemic, clear and reliable health communication can literally be a life-and-death issue. Researchers who focus on the science of science communication highlight strategies that work.

Emily Howell, Postdoctoral Fellow in Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
April 14, 2021 ~7 min

Scientists need to become better communicators, but it's hard to measure whether training works

#Scicomm is a hashtag, and there are many programs that claim to teach scientists how to be better communicators. But it's hard to show exactly what they're accomplishing.

Robert Capers, Researcher in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut • conversation
April 7, 2021 ~9 min

6 tips to help you detect fake science news

Whenever you hear about a new bit of science news, these suggestions will help you assess whether it's more fact or fiction.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
March 15, 2021 ~8 min

When more Covid-19 data doesn’t equal more understanding

Social media users share charts and graphs — often with the same underlying data — to advocate opposing approaches to the pandemic.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
March 4, 2021 ~9 min

Study: Covid-19 communications featuring racially diverse physicians can improve health outcomes for communities of color

Improved public health messaging to Black, Latinx, and other communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic can increase Covid-19 knowledge and information-seeking.

J-PAL North America • mit
Feb. 22, 2021 ~4 min

COVID-19: four ways to respond to vaccine sceptics – and maybe even convince them

Think beyond facts to make your argument.

Mark Lorch, Professor of Science Communication and Chemistry, University of Hull • conversation
Nov. 25, 2020 ~7 min

When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public's trust in science takes a hit

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.

Stylianos Syropoulos, PhD Student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

What a link between chocolate and Nobel prizes reveals about our trust in scientists

Research shows how failing to engage the public can lead scientists' work to be inaccurately reported and interpreted.

Katrine Donois, PhD Candidate in Science Communication., Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~8 min

Less scatterbrained scatterplots

Large datasets are difficult to depict as scatterplots — but that may change with a new CSAIL project for creating interactive visualizations.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Oct. 7, 2020 ~3 min

Scientists don't share their findings for fun – they want their research to make a difference

A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.

John C. Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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