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I study the nexus of media, science, and society because media play a powerful role in shaping individuals’ attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge about science.
I am a social scientist who uses quantitative approaches to research effective science communication. I am trained in experimental design, survey design, quantitative content analysis, and focus group research. My background is in political campaign and media research, with an eye toward understanding how narratives (e.g., satire, entertainment, news, opinion) influence individuals’ learning, attitudes, and behaviors related to political issues. In my day job, I teach journalism and communication classes to undergraduate and graduate students as an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wyoming.
Favorite scicom project(s) I’ve worked on: Broader Impacts Collaborator on Science Communication for the UW EPSCoR Microbial Ecology Collaborative.
Role(s) in WySCI: Co-founder, chair of the survey committee, member of the certificate and minor program committee
Contact me about: Strategic message design for various audiences in your science communication efforts, including messaging for journalists and media; quantitative and qualitative assessment and evaluation of your science communication efforts; multimedia training and coursework for science communication efforts (e.g., photography, video, audio, blogging, website design, social media, as well as science-in-society training and coursework). I am willing to serve as a Co-PI, senior personnel, or collaborator on grant proposals. I am also willing to provide advice and mentorship about these topics.