Actionable science: decision analysis and science communication
Damian Shea/Ryan Boyles, North Carolina State University
Total Planned Funding: $103,512
Project Completion: September 2017
Implements Science Theme: 1-6
Two significant challenges are faced by scientists in responding to science and policy challenges associated with global change. The first is ensuring science activities of project design, data collection, and data analysis result in information of use to decision makers with responsibilities for mitigating and adapting to global change processes. The second challenge is developing the understanding and capabilities to communicate sometimes-complex science-based information to audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding. This proposal to support participatory training of SECSC graduate students in the use of decision analysis and science communication concepts and tools capitalizes on two important assets located at NC State University. The first is the SE Climate Science Center, hosted by the Department of Applied Ecology at NCSU, and supported under a cooperative agreement between the USGS and NCSU. The second critical asset is the Public Science and Technology Institute at NC State, which is central to the University’s Science Communication Initiative. This Initiative is intended to make use of NCSU’s pre-eminence as a STEM-intensive research university; exceptional faculty and graduate programs in humanities and social science disciplines that engage cutting-edge scholarship and research on public understanding of science and technology; and extensive partnerships with organizations outside our campus committed to promoting public understanding of science and technology.