Category Archives: science communication

Pain and the Perfect Storm

A perfect storm has been brewing across the United States—and in Oregon, in particular—and most of us haven’t even noticed. Turns out managing pain on a daily basis is killing us. Literally. What’s noteworthy about the pain management crisis is … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

How should we approach conflict? Ask Granny, my mother said, when I wanted to know what it was like growing up in the depression. In my family we turned to our elders when we had questions. So I wonder how … Continue reading

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Creating Doubt

The Dark Side of Politics The new documentary Merchants of Doubt knocks down the lies one by one. And then the film knocks down the assumptions, one by one. But it’s hard to know what’s worse: the lies we tell … Continue reading

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Science as Politics

And Politics as Science You gotta love Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Jamieson is the doyenne of political communication. In addition to her impressive career as a public affairs and media scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Jamieson is one of Bill … Continue reading

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Let me do that for you

Cognitive effort and auto-pilot Psychologists have long observed that muggles like us shift into auto-pilot to save cognitive effort. We’re all cognitive misers. But sometimes it’s a good idea to break habits. For example, I look for teaching moments throughout … Continue reading

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When the market meets science

Got a rare disease? Step to the back of the line if you’re poor Most of us understand a thread in the tapestry of how capitalism works: when folks demand something—such as cell phones—investors jump into the fray, markets open, … Continue reading

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Critters that watch over us

Bee Keeper You can take the ski lift to the top of Mount Washington in the summer-time on Vancouver Island. A quick trip aboard a jump-seat places you at 5200 feet (1590 meters) and presto: you can see 360-degrees in … Continue reading

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Forget science: return the bones

Science, Blood & Bones One of my many Lakota uncles, John, casually referred to himself as mixed-blood. John grew up around Pine Ridge and Mission, South Dakota, and went to school with the Deloria clan. “I gave Vine a bloody … Continue reading

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Reduced to Zero

Sucked into a digital vortex Does it matter we’re all being sucked into a digital vortex? Do we lack nuance when we witness our world in a digital context? Think about a digital black and white photograph. Magnify the photo … Continue reading

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Can a walk change your brain?

When reporters write garbage science How do we learn about health? Science? Medicine? Risk? Most of us still learn from our schooling or from the news. Even though traditional journalism has transformed ink to pixels, newspapers and television news get … Continue reading

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