<P> 6ee 3hRtRJUDSh\\  $Ut &UeGit Rn SDJe  IRU FRS\\UiJht inIRUPDtiRn A recent study done by the American Institute of Biological Sciences found that, according to 139 biological societies polled, the greatest challenges facing biology in the coming years will be the public lack of appreciation for biology, and decision makers not being informed about issues (http:// www.access.aibs.org/page/Greatchall/ (?HFWLYHFRPPX- nication of science serves as a challenge in the realm of discerning knowledge and communicating it to the public. :KHQFRPPXQLFDWLRQLVGRQHH?HFWLYHO\\WKHUHLVDJUHDW opportunity to contribute to the global good, whether in the form of changing individual human behavior or larger-scale societal shifts. However, conveying this information–both H?HFWLYHO\\DQGDFFXUDWHO\\?IURPWKHEHQFKWRWKHSXEOLFKDV proved to be a hurdle. Throughout history, e?ective dissemination of scienti?c knowl- edge has been an obstacle. For example, in the 15th and 16th century, Galileo, who played an in?uential role in the scienti?c rev- olution, was banished from the Catholic Church for his unpopular support of heliocentrism based on his observation of sunspots. During the 19th century, Ignaz Semmelweis, an early pioneer of the germ theory of disease, attempted to introduce the value of hand-washing as a way to reduce the mortality rate in obstetric wards. However, the medical community rejected his hand-wash- ing theory, because it did not ?t the scienti?c opinion of the time. Today, for scientists like ourselves, communicating to the public in order to a?ect public discourse continues to be an Page 54 » Voices GLOBAL ISSUES AND MISCONCEPTIONS AROUND ISSUES LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE, BIOSECURITY, EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, LIMITED NATURAL RESOURCES, AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ALL REQUIRE CLEAR COMMUNICATION FROM THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY. </p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/643/colfslwvw/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a 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