Imperial College London

DrFelicityMellor

Central FacultyCentre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Senior Lecturer
 
 
 
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Publications

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Mellor F, 2018, Configuring epistemic authority: the significance of film style in documentaries about science, Science in Context, Vol: 31, Pages: 39-59, ISSN: 0269-8897

Among the many limitations of the deficit model of science communication is its inability to account for the qualities of communication products that arise from creative decisions about form and style. This paper examines two documentaries about the nature of time – Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light and the first episode of the BBC's Wonders of the Universe series – in order to consider how film style inflects science with different meanings. The analysis pays particular attention to the ways in which authority is assigned between film author, narrator, and depicted subjects and the degree to which different film styles promote epistemological certainty or hesitancy.

Journal article

Mellor F, 2017, The Communicative Functions of Silence in Science, The Silences of Science: Gaps and Pauses in the Communication of Science, Editors: Mellor, Webster, Publisher: Routledge, Pages: 1-27, ISBN: 978 1 4724 5997 8

Book chapter

Mellor F, Webster S, 2017, The Silences of Science: Gaps and Pauses in the Communication of Science, Publisher: Routledge, ISBN: 978 1 4724 5997 8

Book

Mellor F, 2016, Narrating the universe, The Palgrave Handbook of Society, Culture and Outer Space, Editors: Dickens, Ormrod, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Pages: 219-242, ISBN: 9781137363510

In 1998, two new sets of astronomical observations suggested that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, driven by a repulsive force which cosmologists call dark energy. This paper examines the narrativity of scientific discourse about the accelerating universe. Whilst technical texts eschew overt narrative form, they allude to a double-plotted story which entangles human actions with cosmic events. Cosmologists attempt to capture the temporal unity of the cosmos at the same time as they map out a timeline of cosmic events. In so doing, their representations parallel the double structure of narrative. The chapter argues that this latent narrative form encourages cosmologists to take an eschatological turn, as they move from recounting cosmic history to predicting cosmic destiny.

Book chapter

Mellor F, 2015, Non-news values in science journalism, Absence in Science, Security and Policy: From Research Agendas to Global Strategy, Editors: Rappert, Balmer, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Pages: 93-113, ISBN: 978-1-137-49372-9

In February 2011, a team of scientists announced that they couldn’t see the space beneath a lump of crystal.1 Of course, they didn’t put it quite like that in their paper in Nature Communications and nor did the journalists who picked up the story. Rather, converting a highly constrained instance of nonseeing into a newsworthy event, both scientists and journalists referred instead to the creation of an “invisibility cloak.” As the Daily Star put it: “Scientists have created a real-life Harry Potter style ‘invisibility cloak’.”2

Book chapter

Mellor F, 2014, The power of silence, PHYSICS WORLD, Vol: 27, Pages: 28-30, ISSN: 0953-8585

Journal article

Mellor F, 2013, Twenty years of teaching science communication: A case study of Imperial College's Master's programme, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE, Vol: 22, Pages: 916-926, ISSN: 0963-6625

Journal article

Mellor F, 2012, Is the 'Cox effect' good for us?, Publisher: IOP PUBLISHING LTD

Other

Mellor F, Webster S, Bell AR, 2011, Content Analysis of the BBC's Science Coverage, Review of the Impartiality and Accuracy of the BBC's Coverage of Science

Report

Mellor F, 2010, Negotiating uncertainty: asteroids, risk and the media, Public Understanding of Science, Vol: 19, Pages: 16-33, ISSN: 0963-6625

Journal article

Mellor F, 2009, Image-music-text of popular science, Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media, Editors: Holliman, Whitelegg, Scanlon, Smidt, Thomas, Oxford, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Pages: 205-220, ISBN: 978-0-19-955266-5

Book chapter

Mellor F, 2009, The politics of accuracy in judging global warming films, Environmental Communication, Vol: 3, Pages: 134-150, ISSN: 1752-4032

Journal article

Bell AR, Davies SR, Mellor F, 2008, Science & Its Publics, Newcastle, Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, ISBN: 1-84718-588-6

Book

Mellor F, Davies SR, Bell AR, 2008, "Solverating the problematising", Science and its Publics, Editors: Bell, Davies, Mellor, Newcastle, Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Pages: 1-14, ISBN: 1-84718-588-6

Book chapter

Mellor F, 2008, Left unsaid: the marginalisation of scientist-critics in the media coverage of controversial technologies, Science and its Publics, Editors: Bell, Davies, Mellor, Newcastle, Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Pages: 157-178, ISBN: 1-84718-588-6

Book chapter

Mellor F, 2007, Colliding Worlds: Asteroid research and the legitimization of war in space, SOCIAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE, Vol: 37, Pages: 499-531, ISSN: 0306-3127

Journal article

Mellor F, 2003, Between fact and fiction: Demarcating science from non-science in popular physics books, SOCIAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE, Vol: 33, Pages: 509-538, ISSN: 0306-3127

Journal article

Mellor F, 2001, Gender and the communication of physics through multimedia, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE, Vol: 10, Pages: 275-295, ISSN: 0963-6625

Journal article

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