It is not a secret that the United States has been falling behind the rest of the world in terms of the public’s understanding of science concepts and their relevance to civic life. Scientists, teachers, researchers, policy makers, and the media are all aware, but this does not mean that they all agree on what is to be done, or even what the source of the problem is.
At George Mason, we conceive our role as having two dimensions:
We seek to increase understanding through research about science communication among scientists and between scientists and key publics. In effect, we are attempting to clarify the role of scientists in society and the way these roles are demonstrated to those outside of the scientific community.
We seek to enhance practitioner understanding of the challenges they face and the solutions they can enact to address these challenges. Not only do we want to help you face the challenges of the science communication field, but we also prepare you to become a conveyor of solutions to science issues to your community.