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About the Covid-19 Pandemic Project

The Story Behind the Science website is the result of multiple projects coming together with one central purpose: to provide deeply researched, engaging stories of major science topics that explicitly highlight how science works, how scientists think, and the often messy process that leads to the development of scientific knowledge.

The Covid-19 Pandemic project [summary pending]

Project Title: Responding to Covid pandemic information and misinformation

Scope: Produce multiple resources for students and instructors targeting Covid topics.


Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program under Award No. 0618446.

Project Team


Dr. Benjamin C. Herman
Science Education
Principal Investigator


Dr. Michael P. Clough
Science Education


Dr. Asha Rao


Joe Taylor
M.S., Science Education
Webmaster, Editor

Project Research

Herman, B. C., Clough, M .P., & Rao, A. (2022). Socioscientific issues thinking and action in the midst of science-in-the-making. Science and Education

Herman, B. C., Poor, S., Clough, M., Rao, A., Kidd, A., De Jesús, D., & Varghese, D. (2024). It’s not just a science thing: Educating future STEM professionals through Mis/disinformation responsive instruction. Journal of Research in Science Teaching special issue: Learning and Teaching in Times of Science Denial and Disinformation.


Herman, B. C., Clough, M. P., & Sobotka, A. (2024). The influence of COVID-19 science views, risk perceptions, and group membership on socioscientific decisions. International Journal of Science Education.

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