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Reflections on emerging technologies, responsible innovation, communication, and risk, from University of Michigan Risk Science Center Director Andrew Maynard.

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Risky tales: Talking with Seth Shostak at Big Picture Science

October 21, 2014

I had a roller coaster of an interview with Seth Shostak (Director of the Center for SETI Research and host of Big Picture Science) last week on risk and black swan events. I was poised to talk about rare but high impact events like a mega-eruption at Yellowstone National Park, or a ...

This is Environmental Health Science

October 17, 2014

We’ve just posted a new video about the University of Michigan Environmental Health Science department that I’m quite pleased with. It’s aimed at students who may be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the environmental health sciences (and perhaps don’t know this yet!), but it’s also a great 30,000 foot introduction ...

Building trust between academics and journalists

October 13, 2014

As an academic, speaking with reporters can be nerve wracking.  The gut-wrench is palpable as you click on the article that follows, unsure of whether the person you spoke with has got it right, or created a train wreck with your name splattered all over it. Building trust Over the years, I’ve learnt ...

Ebola virus: Insights from University of Michigan Experts

October 12, 2014

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been posting articles on the ebola outbreak from University of Michigan experts. As concern continues to grow over the outbreak, we’ve collected these together on the Risk Science Center Ebola Virus Topic Page, and will continue to add to this as new articles are posted. Current articles include ...

Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your health?

October 11, 2014

Most artificial turf these days incorporates rubber granules formed from recycled tires. They make an effective and environmentally friendly playing surface. But can the substances they contain also be bad for the health of players? A major report from NBC News this week examined possible associations between these granules and cancer cases amongst sports ...

(Some of the) most engaged research scientists on Twitter

October 6, 2014

Science Magazine has just released an update of it’s list of Twitter’s most popular researchers – now expanded to “100 of the most followed scientists on the social media platform”.  Having played around with the data, here’s an alternative listing, based on the Engagement Index (E-Index) – a measure I ...

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