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Communication of Science and Technology

Communication is the essence of science; it is the social processes and institutions through which experts establish their claims to reliable knowledge about the natural world. We have a particular focus on communication with the public (including popular science writing, media coverage of science, and the effects of public communication of science and technology on other social institutions), but also examine issues involving communication among scholars (such as open-access publishing, digital libraries, and other "expert information" topics) and public debates about emerging technologies. Many topics in this area link easily with subjects covered in the risk communication and health communication areas. Recent faculty research in the field has looked at media coverage of nanotechnology, public meetings about cancer, use of hand-held devices to enhance experiences in science museums, the rights and obligations of online media platforms, and learning science in informal environments.