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He is an affiliated professor in environmental studies and science and technology studies as well. He has a background in biology, psychology, and communication, esp. science communication and rhetorical studies of science. He serves on multiple national and international task forces, councils, centers, etc., dealing with science and emerging technologies and the public sphere. He reviews federal grants for the NSF and others and has received over $15 million in funding over the decade. He completed a 4-year $1.5 million NSF grant on how the public understands complex toxicological information on nanoparticles. He is a CoPI on the NNCI RTNN 10-year grant and directs the assessment of the labs under the grant on the campuses of UNC-CH, Duke, and NCSU.
Recently, he has written on the role of social science in science and technology. His two most recent books address health communication, pandemics, and resiliency. He works in the field of climate change communication and is developing data sets on the role nanoscience may play in climate change and its communication.