David Michael Berube


science communication, nanotechnology, pandemics, argument and debate, risk communication

David M. Berube is a Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University with an emphasis on science and technology communication. He is an affiliated professor in environmental studies, climate change, Global One Health, and interdisciplinary studies in science and technology. He has a background in biology, psychology, and communication, esp. science communication and rhetorical studies of science. He received his doctorate in 1990 from NYU. He teaches graduate seminars in risk communication, hazard communication, pandemic communication, climate change communication, and social media. He serves on multiple national and international task forces, councils, centers, etc., dealing with science and emerging technologies and the public sphere. He reviews federal grants for the NSF and others and has received over $15 million in funding over the decade. He completed a 4-year $1.5 million NSF grant on how the public understands complex toxicological information on nanoparticles. He is a CoPI on the NNCI RTNN 10-year grant and directs the assessment of the labs under the grant at UNC-CH, Duke, and NCSU. He was the lead author of an important WHITE PAPER on Communication of Risk in the 21st Century funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2013, he co-led a workshop on Messaging for STEM Workforce: STEM Recruitment and Retention Messaging hosted by the US White House OSTP and IDA STPI (Science and Technology Policy Institute. His 2006 book NANOHYPE: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE NANOTECHNOLOGICAL BUZZ (translated into Japanese). He recently edited the 2022 book for Springer/NATURE titled: PANDEMIC COMMUNICATION AND RESILIENCE (in print). His 2023 book with Springer/NATURE will be on the Zika virus and titled: LESSON WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM ZIKA (in press), and his 2024 book with Springer/NATURE will be VACCINE HESITANCY DURING PANDEMICS: A SOCIOTECHNICAL ANALYSIS FROM VACCA TO MRNA (Under contract). He publishes primarily in crossover journals such as IEEE Technology and Society, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Nanotoxicology, Nano Today, Nanotechnology Law and Business Journal, etc.

Works (19)

Updated: July 5th, 2023 15:54

2020 article

Mosquitoes Bite: A Zika Story of Vector Management and Gene Drives


By: D. Berube n

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: June 21, 2021

2020 journal article

Social science and infrastructure networks and the human-technology interface


By: D. Berube n, E. Bogomoletc n, N. Eng*, J. Jones n & N. Jokerst*

author keywords: Assessment; Societal and ethical implications; Nanotechnology infrastructure network; National Nanotechnology Coordinating Infrastructure (NNCI); Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN); Deep assessment; Grounded theory
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: October 19, 2020

2018 article

How social science should complement scientific discovery: lessons from nanoscience

Berube, D. M. (2018, April 27). JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLE RESEARCH, Vol. 20.

By: D. Berube n

author keywords: Nanoscience; Nanotechnology; Social science; Societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology; SEIN; Experts; Expertise
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2017 journal article

Recommendations for the Implementation of Telehealth in Cardiovascular and Stroke Care A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association

CIRCULATION, 135(7), E24–E44.

By: L. Schwamm, N. Chumbler, E. Brown, G. Fonarow, D. Berube*, K. Nystrom, R. Suter, M. Zavala ...

author keywords: AHA Scientific Statements; cardiovascular diseases; health services; stroke; telemedicine
MeSH headings : American Heart Association; Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control; Humans; Stroke / prevention & control; Telemedicine / methods; United States
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2016 chapter

Convergence in Ethical Implications and Communication of Emerging Technologies

In W. S. Bainbridge & M. Roco (Eds.), Handbook of Science and Technology Convergence (pp. 755–766). NY: Springer.

By: D. Berube & C. Cummings

Ed(s): W. Bainbridge & M. Roco

Source: ORCID
Added: April 3, 2023

2013 journal article

Influences of individual-level characteristics on risk perceptions to various categories of environmental health and safety risks

JOURNAL OF RISK RESEARCH, 16(10), 1277–1295.

By: C. Cummings n, D. Berube n & M. Lavelle n

author keywords: risk; risk perceptions; environmental health and safety (EHS); risk categories; control banding
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2013 chapter

VIA - Visualizing Individual Actions to Develop a Sustainable Community Culture through Cycling

In Distributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions (pp. 316–325).

By: B. Watson n, D. Berube n, N. Hristov*, C. Strohecker*, S. Betz*, L. Allen*, M. Burczyk, A. Howard* ...

Source: Crossref
Added: June 6, 2020

2013 conference paper

VIA - visualizing individual actions to develop a sustainable community culture through cycling

Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 8028, 316–325.

By: B. Watson, D. Berube, N. Hristov, C. Strohecker, S. Betz, L. Allen, M. Burczyk, A. Howard ...

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2011 journal article

Characteristics and classification of nanoparticles: Expert Delphi survey

NANOTOXICOLOGY, 5(2), 236–243.

By: D. Berube n, C. Cummings n, M. Cacciatore*, D. Scheufele* & J. Kalin n

author keywords: Delphi; expert; risk assessment; toxicology; nanoparticles; EHS
MeSH headings : Consensus; Delphi Technique; Humans; Nanoparticles / chemistry; Nanoparticles / classification; Nanoparticles / toxicity; Safety Management
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2011 journal article

Comparing nanoparticle risk perceptions to other known EHS risks

Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 13(8), 3089–3099.

By: D. Berube n, C. Cummings n, J. Frith n, A. Binder n & R. Oldendick*

author keywords: Nanoparticles; Risk perception; Public opinion; Ranking; Comparative analysis; Nanotechnology; ELSI
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID, Crossref
Added: August 6, 2018

2011 journal article

Review Essay: Understanding Digital Media and Society


By: M. Morain n, J. Frith n, C. Cummings n & D. Berube n

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2011 article

The shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains

Frith, J., Morain, M., Cummings, C., & Berube, D. (2011, February). JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION, Vol. 61, pp. E9–E12.

By: J. Frith n, M. Morain n, C. Cummings n & D. Berube n

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2009 review

Panicology: What are you afraid of? Two statisticians explain what's worth worrying about (and what's not) in the 21st century

[Review of ]. Public Understanding of Science (Bristol, England), 18(3), 375–376.

By: D. Berube

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2009 article

Risk: The science and politics of fear

Public Understanding of Science (Bristol, England), Vol. 18, pp. 375–376.

By: D. Berube n

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2009 review

The public acceptance of nanomedicine: a personal perspective


By: D. Berube n

MeSH headings : Attitude to Health; Nanomedicine; North Carolina; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Public Opinion
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2008 journal article

A tale of opportunities, uncertainties, and risks

NANO TODAY, 3(1-2), 56–59.

By: P. Borm* & D. Berube n

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2008 journal article

Reply from David Berube, NCSU

Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 10(S1), 265–266.

By: D. Berube n

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: November 15, 2020

2008 journal article

Rhetorical gamesmanship in the nano debates over sunscreens and nanoparticles


By: D. Berube n

author keywords: Nanotechnology; Nanoparticles; Sunscreens; Titanium dioxide; Zinc oxide; Background; Literature review; Literature survey; Environmental health and safety (EHS); Risk communication; Risk profile shifts; Governance; Societal implications
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2006 journal article

Summit time

Nano Today, 1(1), 48.

By: D. Berube*

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: November 15, 2020


Updated: April 2nd, 2023 13:56

2008 - present

North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Professor Communication

1990 - 2007

University of South Carolina Columbia, SC, US
Professor English

1987 - 1990

University of Vermont Burlington, VT, US
Instructor Theatre

1986 - 1987

Trinity University San Antonio, Texas, US
Instructor Speech & Theatre

1982 - 1986

Weber State University Ogden, Utah, US
Instructor Communication


Updated: April 2nd, 2023 14:07

1978 - 1990

New York University New York, New York, US
PhD Performance Studies

1977 - 1978

Montclair State University Montclair, New Jersey, US
MA Speech & Theatre

1971 - 1975

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ, US
BA Psychology/Biology