UK Researchers Author Book on COVID-19 Pandemic Communication
Since the beginning of the pandemic we've been flooded by information, and in some cases misinformation. This week Dr. Greg talks with Dan O’Hair, professor in the College of Communication and Information, who collaborated along with Mary John O’Hair, professor of educational leadership studies in the College of Education, on a new book on communication during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From UK Now:
A new book, “Communicating Science in Times of Crisis: COVID-19 Pandemic,” features research and analysis from University of Kentucky faculty.
H. Dan O’Hair, professor in the College of Communication and Information, and Mary John O’Hair, professor of educational leadership studies in the College of Education, are co-editors of the book, a first volume in a new series about the study of science communication in times of crisis. Both are former deans of their respective colleges.
“The COVID-19 pandemic will be a case study in the communication field for decades to come. While pandemics are part of our world history, the communication methods used this time are unprecedented, as we had never experienced an outbreak of this scale in the age of digital and social media,” said Dan O’Hair.
In all, 43 authors from across the U.S. contributed to the text.
“As the pandemic began to play out, we saw a need to bring together a group of researchers and professionals who could, in real-time, examine the ways health and science information reached the public and how it was received. Those who contributed to this book represent a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, coalescing around one central topic. It shows the broad scope of challenges, but also offers reassurance that analysis and action will be taking place for years to come, from a variety of professionals seeking to help improve the future,” said Mary John O’Hair.
In addition to co-editors Dan O’Hair and Mary John O’Hair, contributors from UK include:
Book chapters include:
The second book in the series will be published in the spring of 2022 and will focus on catastrophic events.