Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Committee Chair and Members
Science advocacy, Science communication, Science education, Science literacy, Scientific communication, Scientific literacy
Science is the catalyst for humanity’s progress. Without it, we would not understand our world, our universe, even our own bodies to the extent we do now. We would not have the ability to travel, connect, and innovate at the heights we currently enjoy. In fact, many people are alive today only because of scientific discoveries and advancements. Life-saving surgeries, medications, and implants impossible a mere hundred years ago are now routine, thanks to science. It follows that science should be revered, trusted, and understood. Unfortunately, in the information age, communication gets complicated. As with any other topic, there are agitators who aim to tarnish the reputation of science and scientists or spin scientific information for personal or political gain. The public must work against these forces. As long as science remains the best way to make sense of the world and continues to improve and save the lives of millions of people, scientists need and deserve our support. Better engagement on scientific topics among teachers, students, journalists, politicians, scientists, and everyday citizens needs to occur. This thesis examines some of the ways science is communicated, evaluates some examples of science communication, and proposes some improvements. Ultimately, increased scientific literacy brings a brighter, healthier world with greater fulfillment for its inhabitants.
Jones, Leah G., "Scientific literacy at a tragic low: A call for more public engagement in science" (2021). Selected Full-Text Master Theses 2021-. 27.