Science Engagement with Faith Communities

Session ID#: 25065

Session Description:
A majority of the American public identifies as religious or spiritual, and an individual’s worldview informs their perceptions of specific research studies and the scientific endeavor as a whole.  Public engagement by scientists can have a tremendous positive impact on societal appreciation and support for science and science-driven policy.  Conversely, communications done without adequate consideration of the target audience can negatively impact public trust in scientists and scientific research findings, and may exacerbate other societal issues.  With a growing interest by scientists in public engagement comes a need for effective communication skills and paradigms for positive interaction with diverse audiences and communities.  This symposium will highlight strategies for, and examples of, constructive engagement and collaboration by scientists in geophysical disciplines with faith-based organizations and religious communities.
Primary Convener:  Robert C. O'Malley, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program, Washington, DC, United States
Conveners:  Gregg R Davidson, University of Mississippi, Geology and Geological Engineering, Oxford, MS, United States and Emily Therese Cloyd, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Public Engagement, Washington, DC, United States

  • ED - Education
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Kristina Peterson, Lowlanders Center, Gray, LA, United States
Muhammad Usman, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Gregg R Davidson, University of Mississippi, Geology & Geological Engineering, University, MS, United States, Carol Hill, University of New Mexico, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (adjunct), Albuquerque, NM, United States and Ken Wolgemuth, Wolgemuth & Associates, Tulsa, OK, United States
Dan Kahan, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, United States
Adani Azhoni, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India and Samuel Suantak Vaiphei, Government of India, Kolkata, India
Leandra Swanner, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States
Leanne M Jablonski, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, United States

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