Dietram A. Scheufele is the Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. He is an elected member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Communication Association, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.
Scheufele is one of the leading experts in the fields of science communication and political communication. His research examines how we all make sense of increasingly complex scientific breakthroughs that we often know little about, and how corporations, universities, and nonprofits can better work with citizens to ensure that we use science to society’s benefit.
Before coming to Wisconsin, he was a tenured faculty member at Cornell University. Since then, he has held fellowships or visiting appointments at a number of other universities, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and - most recently - the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. His consulting portfolio includes work for DeepMind, Porter Novelli, PBS, WHO, and the World Bank.
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Scheufele's work examines how we all make sense of increasingly complex scientific breakthroughs that we often know little about, and how corporations, universities, and non-profits can work better with consumers and citizens to ensure that we use science to society’s benefit.
His research and teaching have been recognized with awards from both professional and scholarly organizations, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the World Association for Public Opinion Research.
Extramural support for Scheufele's research program has come from a wide variety of funders, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Scheufele currently co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice, and serves on NASEM’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Advisory Committee, the Division on Earth and Life Studies Advisory Committee, and the Board on Health Sciences Policy. Since 2012, he has co-organized four NASEM Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication.
At UW, Scheufele has served on most of the university's main governance bodies, including the University Committee (Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate), the Social Sciences Divisional Committee, the University Committee for Honorary Degrees, the Provost Search & Screen Committee, the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee, and the UW-Madison Athletic Board.