Molecular Biology and Clinical Medicine in the Age of Politicization

Molecular Biology and Clinical Medicine in the Age of Politicization

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  • Editors: Toby Bolsen, Risa Palm
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323994408
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323994392

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Molecular Biology and Clinical Medicine in the Age of Politicization, Volume 188 provides readers with an appreciation of the practical effects of the politicization of science on their work. Topics covered in the volume include Shattered Silos: Politicization of Science through Changing Research Norms, Moralized Science Communication (with applications for molecular biologists), Vax Attacks: How Conspiratorial Thinking and Misinformation Undermines COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake, Effects of Politicized Media Coverage: Experiment Evidence on Mammography, HPV, and Covid-19, Communicating CRISPR: Challenges and Opportunities in Engaging the Public, Strategic Communication and Engagement for the Biomedical Sciences, and more. Additional chapters cover The Great and Powerful Oz: On the Authority and Misuse of Science, The Gateway-Belief Model and the Politicization of Climate Science, Effects of Politicization on the Practice of Science, When Politics Trumps Science, The Effect of Media Framing and Politics on Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, and more.

Key Features

  • Provides reviews from selected experts on the social forces that can limit the impact of science
  • Highlights its relevance to practitioners of science
  • Presents the latest insights for molecular biologists in an age of science politicization


The series is intended for an audience of molecular biologists and translational medical scientists as a way to understand the forces at work that limit and shape scientific research

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Why are politics and science intertwined?
  • The purpose and organization of this volume
  • Chapter One: Science, politics and institutional design in regulation
  • Abstract
  • 1: Institutional design for science-policy in the US
  • 2: Science and politics in the federal government's reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 3: Institutional design in practice: Multiple pathways to politicizing science
  • 4: A better way
  • 5: Conclusion
  • Chapter Two: Beyond the sheltering academic silo: Norms for scientists' participation in policy
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Protective silos: Science and objectivity
  • 3: The evolving relationship between science and policy
  • 4: Norms for engaging in hyperpolitical settings: Legislatures
  • 5: Interviews with congressional staff regarding appropriate scientist roles in policy
  • 6: Re-imagining scientists' engagement with policy
  • 7: Conclusion
  • Chapter Three: Effects of politicization on the practice of science
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Conceptualization and definition of politicization of science
  • 3: The politicization of science in the triangular relationship of politics, media, and science and its consequences in the practice of science
  • 4: Conclusion and practical implications: What can be done to address politicization?
  • Chapter Four: Politics v. science: How President Trump's war on science impacted public health and environmental regulation
  • Abstract
  • 1: The Silencing Science Tracker
  • 2: Anti-science actions under Trump
  • 3: The Biden administration's approach to science
  • 4: Where to from here? Restoring the role of science
  • Chapter Five: Politicization and COVID-19 vaccine resistance in the U.S.
  • Abstract
  • 1: The development of vaccines for COVID-19
  • 2: How did the COVID-19 virus itself become politicized?
  • 3: Politicization of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 4: Emergence of variants and continued politicization
  • 5: What does social science research conclude about promoting vaccine acceptance
  • 6: What does politicization mean for practitioners of science?
  • Chapter Six: Effects of politicized media coverage: Experimental evidence from the HPV vaccine and COVID-19
  • Abstract
  • 1: The science of guidelines and updating health recommendations
  • 2: Concerns over politicization, dimensions of the concept, and strategies for mitigation
  • 3: Study objectives
  • 4: Data and methods
  • 5: Results
  • 6: Discussion
  • Appendix
  • Chapter Seven: Vax attacks: How conspiracy theory belief undermines vaccine support
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Literature review and framework
  • 3: Hypotheses
  • 4: Data and methods
  • 5: Results
  • 6: Discussion and conclusion
  • Appendix A: Question Wording
  • Chapter Eight: Communicating CRISPR: Challenges and opportunities in engaging the public
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: The challenge from the speed of advancement
  • 3: What CRISPR means to different publics: The challenge of lack of quality data
  • 4: Engaging diverse and underrepresented publics: Shared knowledge production and decision-making
  • 5: Public engagement of CRISPR in the age of politicization
  • 6: Ways to overcome identity protective cognition
  • 7: Conclusion
  • Chapter Nine: Moral conviction: A challenge in the age of science politicization
  • Abstract
  • 1: What is moral conviction?
  • 2: Why does politicization matter for moral convictions?
  • 3: How prominent are moral convictions in public opinion on science issues?
  • 4: How might strategic communication create moral conviction?
  • 5: Moral conviction: A challenge to the foundations of science?
  • Chapter Ten: Strategic science communication in the age of politicization
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Scientists attitudes and behavior toward public communication
  • 3: Strategic science communication: Connecting goals, objectives, and tactics
  • 4: The brand of science and why it matters
  • 5: Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: February 13, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323994408
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323994392

About the Serial Volume Editors

Toby Bolsen

Toby Bolsen
Toby Bolsen is a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. His research focuses on the study of political communication, preference formation, political behavior, and U.S. energy and climate policy. Dr. Bolsen holds a B.A. in Social Science from Eastern Illinois University, an M.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University. Bolsen has received the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award from Georgia State University and was named a Kavli Fellow at the Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium in Ambon, Indonesia. Professor Bolsen currently serves on the Editorial Board for Science Communication and is an Associate Principal Investigator for Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, USA

Risa Palm

Risa Palm
Risa Palm is a Professor of Urban Studies and past-Provost at Georgia State University. She previously held concurrent faculty and administrative positions as dean or provost at the State University of New York, Louisiana State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon and University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as a faculty position at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author or co-author of 15 books or monographs and more than 40 peer-reviewed research papers, primarily on the topics of response to earthquake hazards and climate change. She is past-President and a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers and has served on the governing boards of the American Geographical Society, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the Association of Chief Academic Officers, as well as advisory committees for National Science Foundation programs and the National Academy of Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Urban Studies and past-Provost at Georgia State University, USA

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