GES Colloquium is held Tuesdays at 12PM, in the 1911 Building, Rm 129


NEXT WEEK: Professor David Berube | BONUS: GES Biotechnology Communications Workshop with Visiting Chinese Delegation

Communicating Zika

ABSTRACT: Dr. David Berube, who is working on a book entitled Communicating Zika, will give a student-directed conversation on the subject. Potential topics include how Zika got into Brazil, why it's so dangerous (the microcephaly connection), what the future may hold, how it is being mitigated and the roles of government and media. 

Colloquium is better with a friend! Guests are always welcome.


About David | Related Publications

Jacye Sudweeks
David Berube (CV) is the Director of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Project (PCOST), and  teaches courses in the communication of science and technology risks, e.g. around the environment, climate, disasters, and disease. He is currently working on a book about Zika.

Davis is focused on science communication and as such, has been the PI/Co-PI for over $10 million in NSF grants to study risk communication and emerging technologies. In 2006, he published Nano-Hype: The Truth Behind the Nanotechnology Buzz. He speaks at national and international conferences on communication issues and public perception and understanding of nanoscience, emerging technologies, and toxicology. He has published over twenty articles and chapters on risk perception and the public sphere.

PCOST on YouTube 


WORKSHOP: Communication, Engagement, and Biotechnology

> Mon 10.02 - Wed 10.04 | Hunt Library, Room 4105

The GES Center is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the China Ministry of Agriculture, and the US Trade and Development Agency to organize a workshop on “Communication, Engagement, and Biotechnology.”

Several Chinese government officials will be joined by a number of industry representatives from the Triangle, with the goal of sharing the insights of GES research and fostering discussion.
GES faculty and affiliates will be making presentations each morning of October 2-4, followed by a catered lunch. The organizer of the workshop would like to extend an invitation to NCSU faculty and students who would like to participate in any of the sessions.

If you are interested, please email Sharon Stauffer ( to confirm your spot, as spaces are limited for each section. All meetings will occur on Centennial Campus in Hunt Library Rm 4105 (accessible by elevators in the lobby prior to entering the library). You may request to attend any mix of the sessions described below.


Monday, October 2

8:30 - 10:00     Jason Delborne, Associate Professor, Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources and GES Center 
What does public engagement have to offer in the realm of emerging technologies?  What kinds of engagement are useful?
10:15 - 11:45   Andy Binder, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication  
Why is the public skeptical of GMOs?  What not to do in trying to reach consensus?
12:00 pm         Working Luncheon

8:30 - 10:00     Zachary Brown, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics
How do you measure public attitudes about emerging technologies?  How do we forecast consumer responses to food produced using emerging biotechnologies, before these products are introduced into the market?
10:15 - 11:45   Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-NC GSK Foundation Distinguished Professor & GES Center Co-Director
How to integrate public values and scientific knowledge in risk assessment and governance?
12:00 pm         Working Luncheon

8:30 - 10:00      Todd Kuiken, Sr. Research Scholar, GES Center  
What is the difference between PR and engagement?  How do you balance facts and values in international governance of GMOs?
10:15 - 11:45    Jean Goodwin, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of English and Director of Leadership in the Public Science Cluster   
How do scientists get into trouble when communicating about controversial topics?  What is defensive communication and how to avoid it? How do you become an honest broker?
11:45 - 12:00   Jason Delborne Wrap up
12:00 pm          Working Luncheon

RSVP to Sharon Stauffer

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