Coffee Hour: Give science a chance: Communication under conditions of uncertainty

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Time: 
Friday, September 28, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Place: 
Refreshments offered at 3:30 p.m. in room 319 Walker Building. Talk begins at 4:00 p.m. in room 112 Walker Building.

Coffee Hour speaker Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, will be presenting in the Behavioral Sciences, Health, Energy & Environment (BSHEE) Lecture Series. His talk is titled “Give science a chance: Communication under conditions of uncertainty.”


About the talk

Making sound choices about energy and the environment requires good information.  Decision makers often struggle to find that information in concise, credible, and comprehensible form.  The talk will discuss some natural barriers to taking full advantage of scientific knowledge and scientific approaches to overcoming them.

 

 About the speaker
BAruch FischhoffBARUCH FISCHHOFF, Ph.D., is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the departments of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where he heads the Decision Sciences major. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an MA and PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He was founding chair of the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and recently chaired the National Research Council Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security. Read more on his webpage