Media Advisory 10-001
New Findings Shed Light on Who's Afraid of HPV
Study results to be presented in major peer-reviewed journal on Jan. 13; NSF sponsors embargoed webcast news briefing for journalists on Jan. 12
January 7, 2010
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The "cultural cognition thesis" argues that individuals form risk perceptions based on often-contested personal views about what makes a good society. But what does it reveal about people's views regarding one of the most hotly debated health care proposals in recent years: vaccinating elementary-school girls, ages 11-12, against human papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread sexually transmitted disease?
Join the National Science Foundation for a live webcast as Yale University law professor Dan Kahan discusses new details of an experimental study that asks the following questions: Who fears the HPV vaccine, who doesn't and why? The webcast is embargoed until the research findings are published online in a major peer-reviewed journal on Jan. 13.
Journalists only please
Jan. 12, 2010, 11 a.m.
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*** ALL MATERIAL SHARED AND PRESENTED WILL BE EMBARGOED UNTIL JAN. 13 at 1 p.m.***
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