STEM Outreach Archive


November 2-5: PCOST faculty and students will be heading to Cleveland to present at the 36th annual Society for Social Studies of Science Conference. 

  • Dr. David Berube, Director of PCOST: Risk Contagion in Social Media
  • Jordan Frith and Christopher Cummings, PCOST research assistants: Unexpected Appropriations of Technology and Life Cycle Analysis: Reframing Cradle to Grave Approaches
  • Christopher Cummings, PCOST research assistant: Unprimed Associative Data on Public Understanding of Nanotechnology

April 15-16, 2011: PCOST faculty and students participated in the 2011 Symposium on Environments, Risks, and Digital Media hosted by NC State's Ph.D. program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. Our faculty and students delivered the following presentations:

  • Dr. David Berube, Director of PCOST: "Law of the Grass Mud Horses: Spinternet - Strategies for Risk Attention"
  • Dr. Andrew Binder, Associate Director of PCOST: "Figureing Out #Fukushima: Interpretive vs. Informative Functions of Twitter Commentary about Nuclear Technology in the United States"
  • Christopher Cummings, PCOST Research Assistant: "Mediated Environmental Health and Safety Risk Information Seeking Behavior: Descriptive Data from a National Survey"
  • Ashley Kelly (PCOST Research Assistant) and Meagan Kittle-Autry: "Big Power, Big Controversy: The Proposed Duke-Progress Energy Merger and Environmental Controversy in the Carolinas"

April 20: PCOST has confirmed it will be moving to the brand new 
James B. Hunt Library in late 2012. 

December 4-7: Professor Berube and Christopher Cummings 
will be presenting at the Society for Risk Analysis conference 
in Charleston, SC. Professor Berube is the head of the Risk 
Communication division.

November 2-5: PCOST faculty and students will be heading 
to Cleveland to present at the 36th annual Society for Social 
Studies of Science Conference. 

April 15: PCOST faculty and students participated in the 
2011 Symposium on Environments, Risks, and Digital 
Media hosted by NC State's Ph.D. program in Communication, 
Rhetoric, and Digital Media.

April 12: PCOST Director, Dr. David Berube, was the 
featured speaker at the April 12 Periodic Tables event 
hosted by the NC Museum of Life and Science

March 26: PCOST RAs presented hands-on 
demonstrations about nanoscience at the NC Museum of 
Life and Science's
 NanoDays event.

March 21: PCOST RA, Christopher Cummings, was invited to present at the 2011 NC State Graduate Research Symposium.

PCOST has implemented a new hiring policy for graduate research assistants.

April 12, 2011: PCOST Director, Dr. David Berube, spoke on nano foods at the Periodic Tables event organized by the NC Museum of Life and Science at the Broadstreet Cafe in Durham, NC. To view the slides of Dr. Berube's presentation, click here.

March 26, 2011: Three members of PCOST volunteered to assist with NanoDays at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. Ashley Kelly and Jordan Frith manned a table at the event, and taught children about nano films and next generation of solar power. Benedicte de Waziers led a hands-on activity that demonstrated the sun-blocking properties of nanoparticles in sunscreen. NanoDays was a great success and drew over 1600 visitors. It was an excellent opportunity for PCOST to work with members of the community and talk about some of the issues facing the future of renewable energy and nanotechnology. We plan to be involved in more community events in the near future, and on April 12 Dr. Berube will be leading a science cafe in Durham, discussing nano and food with members of the community. 

March 21, 2011: PCOST Graduate Research Assistant, Christopher Cummings was recently invited to present at the NC State Graduate Student Research Symposium. The poster he presented was titled "Implications of Socioeconomic Indicators on Environmental Health and Safety Risk Perceptions." View a pdf of the poster.

March 19, 2011: PCOST Director, David Berube, and PCOST associates Christopher Cummings, Jordan Frith, Andrew Binder, and Robert Oldendick published a new article titled "Comparing nanoparticle risk perceptions to other knownEHS risks." The article appears in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and is available at doi:10.1007/s11051-011-0325-z.

January 13, 2011: A new study by PCOST Associate Director, Dr. Andrew Binder, along with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin and Arizona State University, highlights a major flaw in a common approach of public opinion surveys about science. Dr. Binder recently appeared on WUNC's The State of Things to discuss the implications of this research. Click here to listen.