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Missing In Action: Communication and Public Engagement Scholarship on Basic Science. Webinar.


Missing in Action: Communication and Public Engagement Scholarship on Basic Science


July 20, 2021



The Science of Science Communication

Science of science communication experts John Besley of Michigan State University and Todd Newman of University of Wisconsin-Madison, together with their research teams, discussed the scope and scale of scholarship about communication and public engagement for basic science.

View their presentations to learn about their analyses and implications for empowering basic scientists to share their work with members of the public.


The (Very Limited) Evidence Base for Basic-Science-Specific Science Communication in Key Communication Journals

Dr. Besley presented findings of research which identify and characterize the degree to which four key science communication journals have included research specifically focused on the communication of basic or discovery science, and potential paths forward for the basic science community.

John Besley, Michigan State University

Team members:

  • Karen Peterman, Karen Peterman Associates
  • Allison Black-Maier, Karen Peterman Associates
  • Jane Robertson Evia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Public Engagement with Basic Science in STEM Journals

Dr. Newman presented the results of a large-scale analysis investigating the extent public engagement with basic science is covered in journals across STEM fields and disciplines.

Todd Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Team members:

  • Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kaiping Chen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Yachao Qian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ashley Cate, University of Wisconsin-Madison