Emma Frances Bloomfield

Assistant Professor in Communication Studies
Expertise: Science Communication, Environmental Communication, Scientific Controversies, Climate Change, Intersection of Science and Religion, Strategies for Combating Misinformation and Talking with Skeptics

Biography

Currently an assistant professor at UNLV, Emma Frances Bloomfield studies science communication and public interactions and engagement with science. She is interested in a variety of intersections of science with religion, technology, politics, the economy, digital spaces, and news media.

Bloomfield has published about various scientific topics and how the public understands and responds to them, including topics such as climate change, the environment, evolution, science education, birth control, and religion in politics. As a communication scholar that focuses on rhetoric, she attends to the ways that people use symbols, such as language, to persuade, influence, and make connections with others — particularly in situations where this use of symbols leads to controversy, deliberation, and public concern.

In addition to studying scientific controversies and why they emerge, Bloomfield also researches strategies to curtail the spread of misinformation and strategies to engage science skeptics.

Education

  • PhD Communication, University of Southern California

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Emma Frances Bloomfield In The News

September 7, 2021
Social media has played a big role during this pandemic and it can sometimes be misleading.
August 30, 2021
Filled with stories from numerous sources and spanning Tesla’s history from its early days to last year’s pandemic, Power Play painted a picture of how an incredibly determined Elon Musk practically willed Tesla into being, and how his ego and pettiness caused the company to pay the price more than once.
August 26, 2021
Officials with the World Health Organization fear misinformation about Covid-19 and the vaccine is keeping people from getting the shot.
August 17, 2021
And what to share with those who keep using them.

Articles Featuring Emma Frances Bloomfield

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
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Research | August 17, 2021
And what to share with those who keep using them
Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
students dance outdoors on UNLV's campus
Campus News | May 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.