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Twilight of the Gatekeepers: An Uncomfortable Fable

Rowe, Sylvia MA; Alexander, Nick BA

doi: 10.1097/01.NT.0000290202.17644.79
Nutrition and Communications

This article offers historical perspective on the evolution of information media and its impact on science communication and public understanding of and trust in science

Sylvia Rowe, MA, is an adjunct professor at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also the president of SR Strategy, a health, nutrition, food safety, and risk communications and issue management consultancy located at Washington, DC. Previously, Ms Rowe served as president and chief executive officer of the IFIC and IFIC Foundation, nonprofit organizations that communicate science-based information of food safety and nutrition issues to health professionals, journalists, government officials, educators, and consumers.

Nick Alexander, BA, is senior media counselor at the International Food Information Council Foundation, Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. A former network correspondent with ABC News, Mr Alexander has been, for the past 6½ years, tracking and writing about science communications issues and the evolving challenge to public acceptance of credible science.

Corresponding author: Sylvia Rowe, MA, 1100 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1000, Washington, DC 20036 (e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.