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Print and Online Resources

The Engaging Scientists project

Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication — Science engagement with broader publics is a growing interest for many scientists and science communicators. This free booklet provides an overview of science communication research, public perceptions of science, and strategies for encouraging fruitful dialogue about science and society. This booklet was produced as a joint effort by the DoSER program and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. The author, Matthew Nisbet, is a Professor of Communication Studies and Affliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.

The Science for Seminaries project

Science for Seminaries Phase I Final Report — This report is a summary of the goals, activities, and outputs of the Science for Seminaries Phase I project. It highlights the project, but is not a comprehensive analysis. 

The Perceptions project

Perceptions Project Final Report — This report is a summary of the goals, activities, and outputs of the Perceptions project. It highlights the project, but is not a comprehensive analysis. 

Same World, Different Worldviews — Together with Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate divisive, complex issues and work together to find solutions, DoSER has developed “Same World, Different Worldviews.” This resource is designed to help scientists and religious persons think and talk productively about issues of mutual concern and areas of possible tension. The discussion starter outlines several approaches to the relationship between science and religion, along with the pros, cons, and trade-offs of each choice. It uses everyday language, not professional jargon, and focuses on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily understand.

Religious Communities, Science, and Perceptions: A Comprehensive Survey — In collaboration with sociologists at Rice University, AAAS conducted a survey of 10,000 American adults to investigate the perceptions scientists and religious Americans have of one another and of science. Preliminary results of this survey were presented at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting. This document summarizes those findings and a video discussion can be found here.

 

Books and booklets by DoSER

Scientists in Civic Life

Nisbet, Matthew. 2018. Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication. (Booklet prepared under the auspices of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Project and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology.)

The Evolution Dialogues: Science, Christianity, and the Quest for Understanding

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Catherine Baker, James B. Miller, Editor, 2006. The Evolution Dialogues: Science, Christianity, and the Quest for Understanding. Free plus $5 S/H. For ordering information, email us at doser@aaas.org.