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Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication Hardcover – 14 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 1144 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (14 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412959209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412959209
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,473,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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".... This highly interdisciplinary set is aimed at an equally broad audience of graduate and undergraduate students in communications, mass media, and journalism as well as postgraduate practitioners.... A nice addition is an appendix that describes academic programs in relevant disciplines including science journalism, science writing, and science communication.... BOTTOM LINE: The staggering diversity of topics covered here will appeal greatly to libraries serving researchers, scientists, journalists, and/or policymakers whose interests span the many disciplines covering science communications. An excellent addition to academic, large public, and special libraries." (Sarah Sutton 2010-10-15)

"This interdisciplinary resource includes over 300 entries on a wide range of topics related to science communication as both a profession and a research specialization.... Offering perspective on the way nonscientists learn about science-related topics, this is a welcome addition to any academic and large public library, not just those serving journalism and communication students. Also available as an e-book."-BOOKLIST (Robyn Rosenberg Booklist 2011-02-15)

"Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic and large public libraries; lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." (Choice Review Choice Review)

About the Author

Susanna Hornig Priest is Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. She has taught mass communication theory and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate level beginning in 1989. She holds a doctoral degree in communications from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her own research is centered on the role of science in American society and culture, its expression in the mass media, public engagement in science and science policy, and public opinion formation. She is also interested in the social roles of new media technologies.

Priest has served as a member of the Research and Publications committees of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and as chair and research chair of the Association’s Science Communication Interest Group. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, past associate editor of the journal Public Understanding of Science, and current editor of the journal Science Communication. She regularly serves as an advisor to a wide range of academic projects, government agencies, and private organizations on communication, public engagement, and public opinion issues, and reviews research submissions for a variety of academic organizations and scholarly journals. Her current research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and other sources.

Her publications include over 30 refereed research articles and nearly 20 book chapters, plus 2 books and the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication, for which she served as General Editor.

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Review of the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication 3 Mar. 2011
By William P. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Review of the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication. (Susannah Priest, Editor) Sage Publications, Volumes 1 and 2.
Reviewer W. P. Palmer.

It is not convenient to review an encyclopedia by reading it from A to Z and certainly this reviewer does not claim more than to have looked at a small selection of entries. The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication has 1095 numbered pages (1144 claimed) and more than three hundred substantial entries. These entries are mainly of 1500 words or more, so topics are well developed. There is a good index and there are listings of entries and contributors as well as appendices of university science communication programs and an annotated bibliography which relates to some issues commonly discussed in science communication.

The contributors are in the main university academics from American universities and the science communication programs mentioned largely American programs, but there are a scattering of contributions from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The format is large with double column pages on a good paper and with a tidy appearance, making the encyclopedia comfortable to read. There is little illustration, but every entry has relevant extra readings recommended.

Who does this encyclopedia aim to inform? The encyclopedia is said to inform a broad audience of graduate and undergraduate students in communications, mass media, and journalism as well as postgraduate practitioners. The key themes of the encyclopedia are wide-ranging and include:
* Associations and Organizations
* Audiences, Opinions, and Effects
* Challenges, Issues, and Controversies
* Changing Awareness, Opinion, And Behavior
* Critical Influences and Events
* Global and International Aspects
* Government Agencies (US)
* History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
* Important Figures
* Journal Publications
* Key Cases and Current Trends
* Law, Policy, Ethics, and Beliefs
* Major Infrastructural Initiatives
* Practices, Strategies, and Tools
* Professional Roles and Careers
* Public Engagement Approaches
* Theory and Research
* Venues and Channels

Such students have a range of backgrounds so the encyclopedia is particularly useful to those who have limited exposure to scientific concepts. Because of the wide range of topics that science journalists might need to write about, the choice of entries for such a venture is difficult and there is little doubt that some will find problems with some omissions and duplication. However there are few rival publications in the field of science and technology communication. Perhaps future editions might interconnect the various entries where similar topics are mentioned.

However the encyclopedia is an excellent start and should be purchased by university and general libraries, with some school libraries giving it consideration as it could be very useful in helping senior students with their projects.
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