NESL Distinguished Lecturer Series - Dan Kahan: Professor, Yale Law School

Seminar Title: Climate Science Communication: Who Needs to Know What from Whom?

Seminar Abstract:

“Science communication” is—or certainly ought to be understood to be—a system.  That system consists of all the diverse mechanisms and processes that operate to assure  the knowledge generated by science is recognized and given proper effect by all the individuals whose welfare depends on making evidence-informed decisions.  How that system operates, and how it can be protected from influences that interfere with its functioning, are matters that themselves admit of and demand scientific investigation.  Indeed, such investigation suggests that the empirically naïve understanding that “science communication” involves simply imparting scientific information, and makes no distinction about what sorts of information are needed by diversely situated actors in order for the knowledge generated by science to reliably inform individual and collective decision making, is itself an impediment to the effective operation of science communication as a system. . . .  How’s that for “science communication”?  Don’t worry.  I’ll explain more at the lecture.

This seminar was origninally scheduled for January but has been rescheduled for:  Wednesday, 19 March at 3:30pm

It will take place in FL2-1022 (Main Seminar Room).

Will this event be webcast to the public by NCAR|UCAR?: 
Announcement Timing: 
March 11, 2014 to March 19, 2014