Kelp Lab

The Kelp lab focuses on science communication, with research in the field of science communication education as well as in health communication about infectious diseases. With both groups of projects, we are focused on inclusive science communication and promoting effective and equitable collaborations between groups. The Kelp lab is also a part of the Rockies and High Plains Vector-borne Diseases Center, a regional training and evaluation center funded by the CDC.

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Investigation of Best Practices for Communication of Scientific Uncertainty

In collaboration with communication researchers and science education researchers, the Kelp lab is analyzing how scientists and STEM students communicate about scientific uncertainty and how diverse audiences respond, especially during emerging infectious diseases.

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Development of science communication educational activities for diverse students

The Kelp lab is creating educational activities for students at K-12 and higher education levels to learn how to communicate about complex socioscientific issues, with a focus on inclusive science communication. This includes collaborations with instructors across campus, CSU Extension, WiSCI Network, and Poudre School District, and funding from NSF.

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Community-engaged education to address misinformation around pandemic disease

In collaboration with Ashley Anderson in Journalism & Media Communication and other groups, the Kelp lab is engaging with diverse students and community members to understand and address the spread of scientific misinformation.

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Improving Health Communication regarding Vector-Borne Diseases

The Kelp lab is collaborating with diverse vector-borne disease researchers to analyze and improve best practices in health communication regarding vector-borne diseases like West Nile Virus.


Inclusive Science Communication Training for first-year STEM students promotes their identity and self-efficacy as scientists and science communicators
Alderfer S, McMillan R, Murphy K and Kelp N (2023) Inclusive Science Communication training for first-year STEM students promotes their identity and selfefficacy as scientists and science communicators. Frontiers in Education, 8:1173661. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2023.1173661

Scientists’ deficit perception of the public impedes their behavioral intentions to correct misinformation
Choi S, Anderson AA, Cagle S, Long M, Kelp N (2023) Scientists’ deficit perception of the public impedes their behavioral intentions to correct misinformation. PLoS ONE 18(8): e0287870.

Analysis of inclusivity of science communication training being provided to scientists and STEM students.
Vickery R, Murphy K, McMillan R, Alderfer S, Donkoh J, Kelp NC. (2023). CBE-Life Sciences Education, 22(1). DOI: 10.1187/cbe.22-03-0040

The Social Ecology of Health Beliefs and Misinformation Framework: Examining the impact of misinformation on vaccine uptake through individual and sociological factors.
Enyinnaya J, Anderson A, Kelp NC, Long M, Duncan CG. (2024). The Social Ecology of Health Beliefs and Misinformation Framework: Examining the Impact of Misinformation on Vaccine Uptake Through Individual and Sociological Factors. Vaccine, 42(3):455-463. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2024.01.001

To vaccinate or not? The role played by uncertainty communication on public understanding and behavior regarding COVID-19.
Kelp NC, Witt J, Sivakumar G. (2021). Science Communication. December 2021. DOI: 10.1177/10755470211063628

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Nicole Kelp, Ph.D.

Lab Principal Investigator (PI)
Assistant Professor
Chair of the Medical Science Content Directors, CU School of Medicine

Shelby Cagle

Graduate Research Assistant

Abby Howk

Graduate Research Assistant

Torin Pruneski

Graduate Research Assistant

Delaney Worthington

Graduate Research Assistant

Jackson Patrick

MPH Research Assistant

Foram Raval

MPH Research Assistant

Hannah Gilliard

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Trevor Hale
Trevor Hale

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rachel McMillan

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Members of the Kelp Lab, Spring 2023

Delaney Worthington’s presentation at SABER West on January 14, 2024

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