Circulating Ideas for 2016 ComSHER Field Trip

By: Sara K. Yeo

Science-Museum-of-MinnesotaI invite suggestions for the 2016 ComSHER field trip in Minneapolis, MN. Current ideas include visits to the Science Museum of Minnesota or the Bell Museum of Natural History. The Science Museum of Minnesota is located in downtown St. Paul with 70,000 square feet of exhibition space. Topics covered by the exhibits include anthropology, biology, and paleontology. Additionally, they have a research station, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, located on the banks of the St. Croix River, 35 miles from St. Paul. If we decided to visit the Science Museum of Minnesota, I will organize a guided group tour of the exhibits and, if possible, the research station.

The Bell Museum of Natural History is affiliated with the University of Minnesota and is located on its East Bank campus. They host a monthly happy hour forum for science and culture, Café Scientifique, at the Bryant Lake Bowl theatre in Minneapolis. A field trip to this location could include a tour of the museum and/or participation in Café Scientifique.

Please email Sara Yeo with any suggestions: sara.yeo@utah.edu

Connecting with the Tech Community

By: Rachel Young, Teaching Chair

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 12.30.28 PMWe have two engaging teaching panels in the works for AEJMC Twin Cities, both of which address the crucial task of teaching with and about technology. In a panel co-sponsored with Communication and Technology Division, we’ll discuss best practices for teaching coding to journalism and mass communication students. With Media Ethics Division, we’ll explore the ethical implications of the push to include technology in teaching. We’re hoping for a stellar lineup of panelists. If you have suggestions for scholars or practitioners who you think would be a good fit, please let me know: rachel-young@uiowa.edu.

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Looking ahead to 2 Exciting PF&R Panels at AEJMC 2016!

By: Chris Clarke, PF&R Chair

As incoming PF&R Chair for the 2016 AEJMC conference, I am delighted to announce 2 exciting panels that we will be co-sponsoring:Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 12.26.26 PM

Panel #1: Responsible Communication and Media Coverage of Contested Science in a Highly Charged Political Atmosphere. (Co-sponsored with the Political Communication Interest Group).

Recent events such as the 2014 measles outbreak, as well as upcoming events such as 2015 UN Climate Change Summit and the U.S. Presidential election, have given renewed attention to some of the most socially contentious science issues in the world today. This panel brings together research scholars and journalists to discuss “responsible communication” of these issues in an often highly-charged political atmosphere. Panelists will explore: (1) research-based best practices for helping address political polarization and cultural orientations as a barrier to effective science communication; (2) negotiating the fine line between research and advocacy; and (3) how journalists and scholars can better work together toward effective science communication. Panelists will represent a variety of fields, including science communication; political communication; and health/science journalism.

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2015 Research Paper Competition Summary

By: Anthony Dudo, ComSHER Vice-Head

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 12.18.54 PMComSHER had another outstanding research paper competition in 2015. In terms of volume, our paper competition continues to be one of the largest in AEJMC. ComSHER is now one of only a handful of AEJMC divisions with a research paper competition that routinely receives more than 100 submissions each year. In fact, in the last three years our division has received the most research paper submissions of all divisions twice (in 2015 and 2013) and tied for the second most submissions with the Mass Communication and Society Division in 2014. Even with these high submission volumes, we continue to maintain encouraging paper acceptance rates (see Table 1).

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A ComSHER Memoir of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, USA

By: Michael Dahlstrom, Head

The 2015 conference in San Francisco reminded us why ComSHER continues to be one of the strongest divisions within AEJMC. We received the most paper submissions of any division or interest group and were able to showcase 80 talented scholars and their research. We took a full bus of members on a field trip to the Muir Woods where we met and talked with their science interpreters. We then discussed our future at the annual business meeting and reconnected with old friends at the traditional ComSHER social. Continue reading

3 Positions Open at Nanyang Technological University

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (1 Position)”

The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position (1-3 year appointments) in the study of public perception of nuclear energy. Funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation (Nuclear Policy Research Program), this multi-year study seeks to investigate the underlying mechanisms behind public attitudes toward nuclear energy in Asia, so as to provide relevant recommendations to nuclear policy research in the region. The candidates should have scholarly interests that focus on at least two areas: science communication, public opinion, sentiment analysis, and opinion mining. Strong theoretical foundations and quantitative research training in communication and other related social science disciplines are required. Successful candidate will be directly working with Principal Investigator (PI), A/P Shirley Ho, of this project.

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