Dietram A. Scheufele is the John E. Ross Chaired Professor in Science Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Co-PI of the NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, and a fall 2010 fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. Scheufele co-chairs the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, a joint committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Bar Association, and is a former member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Scheufele has published over 100 peer-refereed articles, book chapters and monographs on the public opinion dynamics surrounding controversial science, focusing particularly on the interplay among media, policy actors and lay audiences. His scholarship and teaching have won national and international awards, and findings from his work are regularly reported in major news outlets. He has consulted on communication strategy for PBS, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other corporate and public sector clients in the U.S., China, Malaysia, and the U.A.E. Before coming to Wisconsin, he was a tenured faculty member at Cornell University.