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Wed, Jun 10

SciComm Program Boosts Researchers’ Confidence in Talking to Lay Audiences

Given tight funding for research and a public that is often skeptical of science, Duke’s Science & Society launched a program last year to help faculty explain their work to the public and policymakers.

“The premise of our program is simple: the more clearly a researcher can explain her work to a broad audience, the more likely funding agencies, policymakers and the public will be to support it,” said Misha Angrist, associate professor of the practice and a senior fellow in Duke Science & Society. “And while that certainly makes intuitive sense, there are actually some data to support it.”

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