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Wetmore stresses importance of scientists’ communication efforts

<p>Jameson Wetmore is a transdisciplinary researcher whose work encompasses science and technology studies, ethics and public policy. An assistant professor in Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Wetmore explores issues of scientific responsibility and the relationship among science, technology and society.</p><p>Along these lines, Wetmore recently co-authored a letter addressing the need for scientists to not only effectively convey the meaning of their work but to also generate productive dialogue with policy-makers and members of the public. The piece – titled &quot;Scientists: Listen Up!&quot; – states that involving all parties in a give-take communication relationship informs research and decision-making and keeps the public abreast of developments in both arenas while providing the means to air concerns and wishes. In addition, it promotes programs that help budding scientists hone their communication skills. At the beginning of his career as a graduate student, Wetmore had the opportunity to participate in just such a program through the National Academies' Christine Mirzayan Science &amp; Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program.</p><p style="margin: 0pt" class="MsoNormal">The letter, which is co-signed by Ira Bennett of ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes; William H. Hooke of Policy Program, American Meteorological Society; and Tim Miller of Divine Wind Design, appears in the April 17, 2009, issue of Science.  </p>

Article Source: Science
Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change