Spring 2022 Seminar Series
Monday, January 24 | 5:00-6:00pm
Misinformation, Mistrust & Media: The Story of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Jaime E. Sidani, PhD, MPH, CHES & Beth L. Hoffman, MPH
University of Pittsburgh
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the topics of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine misinformation to the forefront. While the presence of these phenomena is well-documented, less is known about strategies to effectively counter the spread of this misinformation and the historical context of the anti-vaccine movement. Synthesizing recent research on COVID-19 vaccine uptake with research on anti-vaccine rhetoric on social media, this presentation will integrate the current landscape of vaccine hesitancy into a broader historical framework. This presentation will also provide attendees with strategies for developing tailored messages to respond to vaccine misinformation and promote vaccination among their online and offline networks.
Jaime E. Sidani, PhD, MPH, CHES is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at Pitt Public Health. A trained health educator, her research has focused on the epidemiology and prevention of emerging tobacco products, associations between media exposure and health, and the presence and spread of health-related information and misinformation on social media. She has presented extensively on COVID-19 misinformation and its potential impacts on vaccine uptake.
Beth L. Hoffman, MPH, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at Pitt Public Health. Her research primarily focuses on the public health implications of the portrayal of health topics on popular television programs, and the spread of health information and misinformation on social media. Her research examining the anti-vaccine movement on social media has been featured by multiple news outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, and a February 2020 documentary on the Hulu streaming service.
Upcoming Speakers - Spring 2022 Series Schedule
February 7 - Travis View, QAnon Anonymous Podcast
February 28 - Sam Gregory, Witness
March 14 - John C. Yang, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
March 28 - Graham Brookie, Atlantic Council DFRLab
April 11 - Susan Benesch, Dangerous Speech Project
April 18 - Rebekah Tromble, Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics, GWU
April 25 - Ingrid Sturgis, Howard University
The IDeaS Seminar series will be held during Spring and Fall semesters. Most seminars are live streamed and available on our YouTube page after the event.
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Past Seminar Presenters
Ananya Sen - Quantifying the User Value of Social Media Data
Daniyar Serikov - Distortions in the Kazakh Media Landscape
Jessica Dawson - The Surveillance App Economy and the National Security Risk
Joshua Tucker - The (Surprisingly?) Limited Impact of Russia's Election Interference on Twitter in the 2016 US Election
Ashique KhudBukhsh- Novel Frameworks for Quantifying Political Polarization and Mitigating Hate Speech
Rotem Guttman- Dr. Diabolicov - How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cybersecurity (and other novel ways to teach).
Sumeet Kumar - Social Media Analytics for Stance Mining with Examples from Corona Virus Discussions on Twitter
David A. Broniatowski Ph.D. - Can communicating the gist combat systematic online distortions of public opinion on health topics? (with new insights from COVID19)
Jacob N. Shapiro Ph.D. - Early Evidence on COVID-19 Misinformation and Detecting Online Influence Efforts
Yan Leng Ph.D. - Analysis of misinformation during the COVID-19 outbreak in China: cultural, social and political entanglements