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Matt Nisbet

Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D, is a professor in the School of Communication at American University. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as public relations director for CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer.

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Repower America? Science Commmunication and the Obama Presidency

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Policy Forum

It is time to turn the page on the "war on science," "inconvenient truths," and "denier" rhetoric that were battle cries...

Ben Stein’s Trojan Horse: Mobilizing the State House and Local News Agenda

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Special Report

In April, as the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered in more than a 1,000 theaters across the country...

Ben Stein’s Trojan Horse: Mobilizing the State House and Local News Agenda

Science and the Media
June 2, 2008

In April, as the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered in more than a 1,000 theaters across the country...

Moving Beyond Gore’s Message: A Look Back (and Ahead) at Climate Change Communications

Science and the Media
January 9, 2008

Conventional wisdom pegs 2007 as the long awaited tipping point in waking the public up to the urgency of global warming.

A “Two Step Flow of Popularization” for Climate Change

Science and the Media
February 26, 2007

Recruiting Opinion-Leaders for Science

The Next Big Storm

Science and the Media
August 3, 2006

Can Scientists and Journalists Work Together to Improve Coverage of the Hurricane-Global Warming Controversy?

Going Nuclear: Frames and Public Opinion about Atomic Energy

Science and the Media
June 1, 2006

The debate over nuclear energy is back.

Avian Flu and the Surveillance Function of the News Media

Science and the Media
April 26, 2006
Avian Flu and the Surveillance Function of the News Media

Avian flu remains a topic heavy with scientific uncertainty, yet high in potential risk.

Cultural Indicators of the Paranormal

Science and the Media
March 22, 2006
Cultural Indicators of the Paranormal

Tracking the Media/Belief Nexus

How Press Coverage Limits Controversy in the U.S. Over Plant Biotechnology

Science and the Media
February 22, 2006

When the WTO ruled last week that the European Union had violated international trade rules by blocking U.S. imports...

The New Partisan Divide in Public Opinion about Stem Cell Research

Science and the Media
January 9, 2006

It is still too early to gauge any public opinion fallout from the Korean stem cell scandal.

Understanding Bias in Coverage of Intelligent Design

Science and the Media
September 30, 2005

Follow-up on Columbia Journalism Review article and New York Times Series

Understanding Bias in Coverage of Intelligent Design

September 30, 2005

Follow-up on Columbia Journalism Review article and New York Times Series

The Multiple Meanings of Public Understanding

Science and the Media
April 28, 2005

Why Definitions Matter to the Communication of Science

Polling Opinion about Evolution

Science and the Media
March 1, 2005

Low Information Public Underscores Importance of Communication Strategy

Explaining Majority Support for Stem Cell Research

Science and the Media
November 12, 2004

Did Communication Efforts Trump Moral Values in 2004?

Resurrecting Questions about The Passion of the Christ

Science and the Media
August 30, 2004

In the six months since its premiere, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ has grossed over $370 million in the U.S.

Evaluating the Impact of The Day After Tomorrow

Science and the Media
June 16, 2004

Can a Blockbuster Film Shape the Public’s Understanding of a Science Controversy?

Understanding What the American Public Really Thinks About Stem Cell and Cloning Research

Science and the Media
May 2, 2004

Few issues have sparked as much survey attention in the U.S. as the controversy over stem cell and therapeutic cloning research.

The Controversy Over Stem Cell Research and Medical Cloning

Science and the Media
April 2, 2004
The Controversy Over Stem Cell Research and Medical Cloning

Tracking the Rise and Fall of Science in the Public Eye

Who’s Getting It Right and Who’s Getting It Wrong in the Debate About Science Literacy?

Science and the Media
June 9, 2003
Who’s Getting It Right and Who’s Getting It Wrong in the Debate About Science Literacy?

Opinions clash over the best way to bolster public support for science.

The Skeptical Environmentalist: A Case Study in the Manufacture of News

Science and the Media
January 23, 2003
The Skeptical Environmentalist: A Case Study in the Manufacture of News

Review of the book by Bjørn Lomborg

Media Coverage After the Attack: Reason and Deliberative Democracy Put to the Test

Generation sXeptic
October 1, 2001

How well have the media covered the September 11 attack?

Caught in the Ag Biotech Crossfire

Generation sXeptic
June 18, 2001

How U.S. Universities Can Engage the Public About Scientific Controversy

That’s Infotainment!

Generation sXeptic
April 30, 2001

How soft journalism undermines the credibility of major media organizations, drives away core audiences, and hurts democracy.

Talking to Heaven Through Television

Generation sXeptic
March 13, 2001
Talking to Heaven Through Television

How the Mass Media Package and Sell Psychic Medium John Edward

A Look Back at the Best Skeptic Book of 2000

Generation sXeptic
January 1, 2001
A Look Back at the Best Skeptic Book of 2000

Voodoo Science Conjures a Celebrity Out of a Scientist

The Physics Instructor Who Walks on Fire

Generation sXeptic
October 25, 2000
The Physics Instructor Who Walks on Fire

Willey walks across hot coals, sinks his hand in molten lead, strides across broken glass, and has blocks smashed across him.

Introducing Italy’s Version of Harry Houdini

Generation sXeptic
August 31, 2000
Introducing Italy’s Version of Harry Houdini

Most ten-year-olds growing up in Italy dream of feats of national heroism on the soccer field...

The Best Case for ESP?

Generation sXeptic
July 28, 2000
The Best Case for ESP?

Imagine that you are recruited for a ganzfeld experiment, touted as the best known method for testing for "psi" ability.

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