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

The Nevada Independent
April 6, 2021
We tried, at first, to shake the uncanniness of it all.
Grist
March 4, 2021
Big news: Global warming is over. Just the phrase itself, though.
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
January 26, 2021
Navigating the news landscape can be tough but knowing how to spot truthful, accurate information with context is crucial for an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy.
Grist
January 19, 2021
On Thursday, 2020 officially took its place in the upper echelon of warmest years in human history: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ranked last year as the hottest year to date, ahead of 2016 by just a hair. Two other global temperature tracking organizations, the U.K.’s Met Office and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said 2020 was the second-hottest year on record, closely tailing 2016. Meanwhile, the European Union’s climate change agency declared a tie between the two years.

Articles Featuring Emma Frances Bloomfield

Campus News | February 3, 2021
A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
Professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab at UNLV
Research | December 29, 2020
A yearlong collection of UNLV faculty making the news for their discoveries and contributions to the community.
Campus News | December 10, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.