Hollie Smith is an academic expert in natural hazards communication, environmental communication and science communication and media. At the University of Oregon, she is associate professor of science and environmental communication. Smith’s research focuses on how the media covers scientific and environmental issues, what effects the coverage has on decision-making behavior, and how innovative trainings can improve scientific understanding through media. Her work is largely collaborative, and has a focus on advancing knowledge in a way that will yield practical application and results. Smith primarily works on the issues of climate change, alternative energy and public policy.
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When political reporters get training on science issues, they improve the sourcing in their science-related stories months later (Nieman Lab, May 2, 2022)
Why is science so polarizing? Blame the way we talk about it. (Grist, Jan. 29, 2021)
Meet the faculty: Hollie Smith, assistant professor of science and environmental communication (University of Oregon, September 2018)