Science, People and Politics,Volume 1, 29.7.06.
An insider recalls how the US government communicates
Associate director for policy,
COMMUNICATING SCIENCE AND
Over the transom came a request from the producers of West Wing, an American television drama featuring a fictional U.S. President and the politics that enrobe him. No stranger to Hollywood requests, the public affairs staff at the nation's space agency gleefully scurried to review the script for scientific accuracy and believability. Without much effort the agency could get mentioned in a hit TV show, witnessed by millions of loyal viewers each week. Within hours, the facts were checked and returned to the originators.
Paula Cleggett is the Associate Director for policy in the Office of Federal Relations of Vanderbilt University. She also holds the same title for her position at the Curb Center for Art, enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt.