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.
April 14, 2021 • ~7 min
#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.
April 7, 2021 • ~9 min
Whenever you hear about a new bit of science news, these suggestions will help you assess whether it's more fact or fiction.
March 15, 2021 • ~8 min
Social media users share charts and graphs — often with the same underlying data — to advocate opposing approaches to the pandemic.
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.
Feb. 22, 2021 • ~4 min
Think beyond facts to make your argument.
Nov. 25, 2020 • ~7 min
When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.
Nov. 12, 2020 • ~6 min
Research shows how failing to engage the public can lead scientists' work to be inaccurately reported and interpreted.
Oct. 29, 2020 • ~8 min
Large datasets are difficult to depict as scatterplots — but that may change with a new CSAIL project for creating interactive visualizations.
Oct. 7, 2020 • ~3 min
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.
Sept. 21, 2020 • ~6 min