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Does the public trust science? A university communicator’s reflections

One “peek behind the curtain” of how news releases can sometimes emanate from academic medical centers – or their researchers – was provided by our managing editor Kevin Lomangino’s piece this week, “NanoKnife fight at the University of Louisville: Why a disputed news release reflects important truths about health care news.”

Another “peek behind the curtain” was published today by Kirk Englehardt, Director of Research Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, on his SciLogs blog. His piece was entitled, “University Communication & Trust in Science: A Peek Behind the Curtain.”

It reflected on how “the job of a university communicator has changed a lot in the past 10 years,” as Englehardt said at a recent National Academy of Sciences workshop, “Does the Public Trust Science?” – all explained in his post.

It’s a good article, which includes a video of the panel he was involved in at the NAS workshop (below) and a list of links to related resources.

Just last month, Englehardt wrote about our project’s introduction and publication of systematic reviews of health care news releases, including many by universities, in his post, “Meet the (Research) Press Release Police.

The continued, open discussion of these important issues is healthy and welcome.

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