Scientific trust and credibility are neither monolithic and static, nor intrinsic to Science, but are discursively (re)constituted. Humanities and social science scholars broadly conceptualize credibility in terms of perceived “trustworthiness” (character, believability), “expertise” (qualifications, authority), and “goodwill” (responsiveness, empathy) (Keränen, 2010; McCroskey & Teven, 1999). Although publics use these heuristics to interpret, evaluate, and make decisions about complex, uncertain, and controversial science (Brossard & Nisbet, 2007), less is known about how publics’ perceptions of scientific trustworthiness and credibility emerge, and how public engagement of science and environment enables or constrains these perceptions. The 6th Summer Symposium on Science Communication brings together scholars to examine these constructs from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including communication, rhetoric, science and technology studies, history and philosophy of science, psychology, sociology, design, as well as from scientists interested in science communication and broader impacts activities. The 2018 symposium fosters interdisciplinary conversations about the processes, rhetorics, perceptions, and limitations of credibility and trust in the contexts of science, the environment, crisis and risk.

Proceedings for the 2018 symposium are being edited by Dr. Kathleen Hunt, to be published via the ISU Digital Press by August 2018. If you presented at the 6th Summer Symposium at ISU and would like to submit a paper for the proceedings, please access the submission form by clicking the link the left-hand side bar, and follow the instructions for licensing and uploading. All submissions MUST be received by July 1, 2018 to be included. See submission instructions.

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Exploring the Role of Trust and Credibility in Science Communication: Insights from the Sixth Summer Symposium on Science Communication

Kathleen P. Hunt, Iowa State University
Dara M. Wald, Iowa State University
Michael Dahlstrom, Iowa State University
Shuyang Qu, Iowa State University

Keynote Address—Paradox of Trust in Unsettled Times: Can Scientists "Speak Truth to Power"?

Tarla Rai Peterson, University of Texas at El Paso

Who Isn’t Biased? Perceived Bias as a Dimension of Credibility in Communication of Science with Policymakers

Karen Akerlof, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Maria Carmen Lemos, The University Of Michigan
Emily Therese Cloyd, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Erin Heath, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Critical Review of the Complex Interactions between Trust and Credibility Associated with Conservation Science

Cristi C. Horton, Tarleton State University
Tarla R. Peterson, University of Texas at El Paso

The Impact of Source Credibility on Scientific Skepticism of Climate Change and Genetically Modified Foods: Findings from the General Social Survey

Kathleen P. Hunt, Iowa State University
Dara M. Wald, Iowa State University

Understanding Organizational Trust of Zoos and Aquariums

Shelley J. Rank, New Knowledge Organization Ltd. and Wildlife Conservation Society
John Voiklis, New Knowledge Organization Ltd.
Rupanwita Gupta, New Knowledge Organization Ltd. and City University of New York
John R. Fraser, New Knowledge Organization Ltd, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and University of Southern California
Kate Flinner, New Knowledge Organization Ltd.

Credibility and Trust Issues Stemming from an Ambiguous Science Frame: Reducing Demand for Rhino Horn in Vietnam with the Fingernail Metaphor

Michael Smith, Griffith University

From Somewhere to Nowhere and Back Again: Emplaced abstraction in science communication

James T. Spartz, Unity College

Investigating Dimensions of Trust in Public Discussions of Diabetes Led by Certified Diabetes Educators

Jason A. Lochmann, Clinton School of Public Service
Emily T. Loker, University of Colorado Boulder
Christina C. Standerfer, Clinton School of Public Service

The Role of Trust in Public Attitudes toward Invasive Species Management on Guam: A Case Study

Dara M. Wald, Iowa State University
Kimberly A. Nelson, Iowa State University
Ann Marie Gawel, Iowa State University
Haldre S. Rogers, Iowa State University

Perceptions of Problematic Credibility in John Oliver’s “Statistically Representative Climate Change Debate”

Shelly A. Galliah, Michigan Technological University

How Journalists Establish Trust In Numbers And Statistics: Results From An Exploratory Study

Tony Van Witsen, Michigan State University

They’re Smart, but You Can’t Trust Them: Using Communication Principles to Help Scientists to Increase their Trustworthiness in Public Communication Situations

Rachel Murdock, Des Moines Area Community College

Using Values to Communicate Agricultural Science: An Elaboration Likelihood Model Approach

Allison Arp, Iowa State University

Credibility Strategies of Popular Health Websites: A Rhetorical Analysis of Parkinson’s Information Pages

Abigail Bakke, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Borrowing Credibility: An Exploration of Scientific Credibility in the Pseudo-Scientific, Live Water Website

Andra Steinbergs, San Diego State University

Post-Normal Concerns in Science Communication Pedagogies

Sara B. Parks, Minnesota State University, Mankato

"The Uninhabitable Earth," Higher Pessimism, and Proceeding Independent of Trust

Tom Duncanson, Millikin University