Fall 2023 Science Communication Symposium

 October 02, 2023

Keynote Theme: The power of numeric evidence in science communication.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Ellen Peters, PhD
    Director of the Center for Science Communication Research (SCR)
  • Professor in School of Journalism and Communication and the Psychology Department , University of Oregon

Advantages and disadvantages exist for presenting numeric information in science communication. On the one hand, public innumeracy and experts’ concerns about providing numbers suggest not showing them. On the other hand, people often prefer getting them and their provision can increase comprehension, trust, engagement, and healthy behaviors while reducing risk overestimates and supporting decision-maker autonomy. Presenting numeric facts without considering their comprehensibility and usability though is like throwing good money after bad. Thus, we’ll briefly examine theory-based strategies that improve understanding and use of numbers

Center for Collaborative Care Decisions’ Bootcamp

 November 10, 2022

 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

 Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), 320 S Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Theme: Shared Decision Making: From Public Health to Clinical Care

Keynote Speakers:

  • Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH
    Senior Scientist
    National Cancer Institute
    Behavioral Research Program
  • Angela Fagerlin, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Population
    Health Sciences
    University of Utah School of Medicine
    Research Scientist, Salt Lake City VA

The launch of our center was a huge success! 55 attendees including community partners, faculty and staff from 18 divisions across WashU School of Medicine, WashU School of Arts & Sciences, WashU School of Engineering, BJC, and 11 attendees from outside institutions, including as far as Canada and the UK.