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Reseach by CALS faculty members carried weight in a decision by Popular Science magazine to shut off comments to its online articles. “It wasn’t a decision we made lightly,” writes Suzanne LaBarre, the magazines online editor. She cites research by Dominique Brossard and Dietram Scheufele of CALS’s Department of Life Sciences Communication as evidence that “even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story.”

The UW research was also mentioned in a number of other articles that reported on, and in many cases either supported or panned Popular Science’s decision:

Read more online discussion on the Popular Science decision