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Rick Borchelt & Dan Kahan
Rick Borchelt's 30-year career in science communication has focused primarily on reaching policymakers and decision leaders about science, technology, and health issues. His experience spans work in public affairs settings from academia (Johns Hopkins, U of Maryland) to industry (Lockheed Martin) to government (White House, Congress, NASA, NIH, USDA, and his current post at DOE). Previously, Rick has focused on citizen participation in science policy decision making, citizen science, and research advocacy initiatives. Rick currently serves as the Director of Communication within the Department of Energy's Office of Science. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Science Communication, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and and science communication. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, Professor Kahan and his collaborators have investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus. Articles featuring the Project's studies have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Journal of Risk Research, Judgment and Decision Making, theJournal of Empirical Legal Studies, Nature Climate Change, and Nature.
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