Hi Andrew & friends –
I’m Wade Roush, a science and technology journalist based at MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS). I’m the former acting director of MIT’s Knight Science Journalism fellowship program, and before that I was a staff editor and writer at places like Xconomy, MIT Technology Review, and Science.
At the moment I’m working on an effort at MIT to start a new “Center for Science Engagement,” where we’d be exploring and testing new ways of communicating about science and technology. One big goal is to encourage more frequent, effective, and rewarding engagement between experts and non-experts on the complex & urgent science and technology issues of the day.
I’m excited about attending the Beyond Comments event because online discussion has become such an important, but often dysfunctional, form of public engagement around science, technology, environment, and health issues. If we want to exploit the full power of digital media to get people excited and involved in sci/tech and have civil, fact-based discussions, I think we have to invent a new comment culture, among other things. I’m looking forward to hearing what ideas and projects people have in this area.