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Cary Funk is director of science and society research at Pew Research Center, where she has co-authored of a number of reports focused on public trust in science, including views connected with energy, climate, food science, childhood vaccines, and emerging science issues such as gene editing. Recent studies include “Science News and Information Today” and “Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity.” She has specialized in public understanding of science topics since 2001 and has broad expertise in political and social attitudes, including American politics and elections, race and ethnicity, and religion. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she directed the Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Surveys, national surveys on science and biotechnology. She has served as an adviser for numerous projects about the science and engineering workforce and public opinion on science. She is currently on the editorial board of the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. Funk began her career at CBS News in New York, and in more recent years has served as an election night analyst for NBC News. She earned a doctorate and a master’s in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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ScienceNovember 19, 2018

Public Perspectives on Food Risks

Majorities of Americans see at least some risk from food produced using hormones, antibiotics, pesticides or artificial ingredients; half the public says that foods with genetically modified ingredients are worse for one’s health than foods without.

ScienceNovember 19, 2018

Americans are narrowly divided over health effects of genetically modified foods

About half of U.S. adults say genetically modified foods are worse for one’s health than non-GM foods, while 44% think GM foods ingredients are neither better nor worse for one’s health.

ScienceAugust 16, 2018

Most Americans Accept Genetic Engineering of Animals That Benefits Human Health, but Many Oppose Other Uses

Americans’ concerns about animal biotechnology focus on risks to animals, humans and the ecosystem.

ScienceJuly 26, 2018

Public Views of Gene Editing for Babies Depend on How It Would Be Used

Americans are more likely to anticipate negative than positive effects from widespread use of gene-editing technology

ScienceJune 6, 2018

Majority of Americans Believe It Is Essential That the U.S. Remain a Global Leader in Space

Despite the increasing role of private companies in space exploration, most believe NASA’s role is still vital for the future.

Pew Research CenterMay 14, 2018

Many Republican Millennials differ with older party members on climate change and energy issues

There are significant divides between younger Republicans and their elders in the GOP on a range of environmental and energy issues.

ScienceMay 14, 2018

Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient

At the same time, Americans are closely divided over whether or not it is possible to cut back on regulations while still effectively protecting air and water quality.

ScienceJanuary 17, 2018

Half of Americans think young people don’t pursue STEM because it is too hard

When Americans are asked why more students don’t pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), they are most likely to point to the difficulty of these subjects, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard.

ScienceJanuary 9, 2018

Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity

Women in STEM jobs are more likely than their male counterparts to have experienced discrimination in the workplace and to believe that discrimination is a major reason there are not more women in STEM.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 9, 2018

7 facts about the STEM workforce

A new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data takes a broad-based look at the STEM workforce from 1990 to today. Here are seven key findings.