Despite the significant increase in the use of nanotechnology in academic research and commer- cial products over the past decade, there have been few studies that have explored scientists’ perceptions and attitudes about the technology. In this article, we use survey data from the leading U.S. nano-scientists to explore their perceptions about two issues: the public communication of research findings and media coverage of nanotechnology, which serves as one relatively rapid outlet for public communication. We find that leading U.S. nano-scientists do see an important connection between the public communica- tion of research findings and public attitudes about science. Also, there is a connection between the scientists’ perceptions about media coverage and their views on the timing of public communication; scien- tists with positive attitudes about the media are more likely to support immediate public communication of research findings, while others believe that communi- cation should take place only after research findings have been published through a peer-review process.
Corley, Elizabeth A., Kim, Youngjae, & Scheufele, Dietram A. (2011). Leading US Nano-scientists’ Perceptions about Media Coverage and the Public Communication of Scientific Research Findings. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 13(12), 7041-7055.