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  • Barbara Ley, Associate Professor

    Associate Professor
    University of Delaware
    34 W. Delaware Ave.
    Newark, DE 19716

    Biography

    ​Barbara Ley joined the Department of Communication in 2011, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women & Gender Studies. Her research and teaching focus on public understandings of and engagements with science, technology, and medicine. Her current research projects relate to digital technology, culture, and women’s health; environmental health science, politics and prevention; and science, media and public opinion. Her 2009 book, From Pink to Green: Disease Prevention and the Environment Breast Cancer Movement, presents a cultural history of activists’ efforts over the past two decades to push for increased scientific and public attention to environmental causes of breast cancer and disease prevention more generally . She has also published articles in journals such as Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Chinese Journal of Communication. Ley received her Ph.D. from the Department of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and she spent several years during graduate school working for environmental health policy organizations in Washington, DC.

    Degrees

    Ph.D. from the Department of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz​

    Books and Book Chapters

    • Ley, Barbara L., Natalie Jankowski, and Paul R. Brewer. 2011. “Investigating CSI: Portrayals of DNA Testing on a Forensic Crime Show and Their Potential Effects.” Public Understanding of Science. Pre- published online (doi:10.1177/0963662510367571).

    • Ley, Barbara L. 2011. “Beyond Discussion Forums: The Transmediated Support Culture of an Online Pregnancy and Mothering Group.” Motherhood Online, edited by Michelle Moravec. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

    • Brewer, Paul R., and Barbara L. Ley. 2011. “Multiple Exposures: Scientific Controversy, Media Use, and Public Responses to Bisphenol A.” Science Communication 33 (1): 76-87.

    • Liu, Bingying, Barbara L. Ley, and Paul R. Brewer. 2011. “Breast Cancer Coverage in China and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Wire Service News Stories.” Chinese Journal of Communication 4 (2): 184-199.

    • Brewer, Paul R., and Barbara L. Ley. 2010. “Media Use and Public Perceptions of DNA Evidence.” Science Communication 32 (1): 93-117.

    • Ley, Barbara L. 2009. From Pink to Green: Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

    • Ley, Barbara L. 2007. “‘Vive Les Roses!’: The Architecture of Commitment in an Online Pregnancy and Mothering Group.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 12 (4): 1388-1408. 

    Current and Past Courses

    • COMM 200: Health Communication

    • WOMS/COMM 267: Gender and Digital Culture

    • COMM 408: New Media Project Design

    • COMM 418/618: Internet Communities and Cultures

 

 

34 W. Delaware Ave.Newark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass7AF9FD8FE2374BE890FCEE0B38D06740"><p>​Barbara Ley joined the Department of Communication in 2011, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women & Gender Studies. Her research and teaching focus on public understandings of and engagements with science, technology, and medicine. Her current research projects relate to digital technology, culture, and women’s health; environmental health science, politics and prevention; and science, media and public opinion. Her 2009 book, From Pink to Green: Disease Prevention and the Environment Breast Cancer Movement, presents a cultural history of activists’ efforts over the past two decades to push for increased scientific and public attention to environmental causes of breast cancer and disease prevention more generally . She has also published articles in journals such as Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Chinese Journal of Communication. Ley received her Ph.D. from the Department of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and she spent several years during graduate school working for environmental health policy organizations in Washington, DC. <br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass858BB234B2EB48889E4646FBEACF29FB"><p>Ph.D. from the Department of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz​<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassE32A0675789343B1A79FDC8AD4A56838"><p>• Ley, Barbara L., Natalie Jankowski, and Paul R. Brewer. 2011. “Investigating CSI: Portrayals of DNA Testing on a Forensic Crime Show and Their Potential Effects.” Public Understanding of Science. Pre- published online (doi:10.1177/0963662510367571).</p><p>• Ley, Barbara L. 2011. “Beyond Discussion Forums: The Transmediated Support Culture of an Online Pregnancy and Mothering Group.” Motherhood Online, edited by Michelle Moravec. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.</p><p>• Brewer, Paul R., and Barbara L. Ley. 2011. “Multiple Exposures: Scientific Controversy, Media Use, and Public Responses to Bisphenol A.” Science Communication 33 (1): 76-87.</p><p>• Liu, Bingying, Barbara L. Ley, and Paul R. Brewer. 2011. “Breast Cancer Coverage in China and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Wire Service News Stories.” Chinese Journal of Communication 4 (2): 184-199.</p><p>• Brewer, Paul R., and Barbara L. Ley. 2010. “Media Use and Public Perceptions of DNA Evidence.” Science Communication 32 (1): 93-117.</p><p>• Ley, Barbara L. 2009. From Pink to Green: Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.</p><p>• Ley, Barbara L. 2007. “‘Vive Les Roses!’: The Architecture of Commitment in an Online Pregnancy and Mothering Group.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 12 (4): 1388-1408. </p></div><div class="ExternalClassB1FAA68F76104EE0A12BA2579E0BD409"><p>• COMM 200: Health Communication</p><p>• WOMS/COMM 267: Gender and Digital Culture</p><p>• COMM 408: New Media Project Design</p><p>• COMM 418/618: Internet Communities and Cultures</p></div>DegreesBooks and Book ChaptersCurrent and Past Coursesbley@udel.eduLey, Barbara<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Ley%20Bios.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate Professor

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