LAS103B: Science in Controversy


Instructor: Dr. Jean Goodwin
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 2-4 PM  (1st half semester)
Target Student Population:  Future scientists, future communication professionals, future leaders, future citizens

The Science Communication @ISU project team, of which Jean Goodwin is a member, looks at how science can be better communicated in controversial policy contexts. Many important debates seem to be stuck in pointless wranglings over well-established science or in painful conflicts between science and religion. Other debates proceed by simply ignoring relevant scientific results. Why is this happening, and what can we all—scientists, communication professionals, leaders and citizens—do about it?  These are the questions to be explored in this half-semester seminar.