Most Americans Say Science Benefits Society and Will Continue to Do So

September 13, 2019

A recent nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center revealed that a vast majority of U.S. adults—more than 80 percent—believe scientific developments positively contribute to society, and they expect them to continue improving lives over the next 20 years.

Those who felt positively about scientific developments were most influenced by work related to:

  • Advancements in medical and health sciences
  • Technology and computerization
  • Environment and environmental awareness

Knowing there is widespread interest in these subject areas—along with any other research that has direct, positive effects on people’s lives—University Public Relations has several tools to help communications colleagues across the system more effectively share research and expertise coming out of the U of M, including Research Briefs and “Talking ... with U of M.” Both resources have proven successful in engaging journalists, either sparking broader story ideas or republishing the original content.

To complete a Research Brief, an online form is available to easily guide researchers through summarizing their published work. Please feel free to share the online form with your faculty and let us know if you have any questions.

Created to highlight the expertise of University faculty and researchers, “Talking ... with U of M” consists of five questions about timely topics of general interest. The highlighted topic replaces the ellipses in the title of each finished product (e.g., “Talking kindergarten anxiety with U of M”). This content is often republished exactly as produced in Greater Minnesota outlets and can easily be planned to match topics with predictable, upcoming events.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about these tools, contact Patrick Stumpf in University Relations. We look forward to working with you to spread the word about the U of M’s ever-growing impact.