In 2003 I completed a research Masters in Science Communication at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton. My supervisors were Professor Lesley Warner and Dr Jacqui Ewart.
The thesis considered ow SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, had gained credibility in the public arena in spite of the nemesis of Unidentified Flying Objects. The latter has spurred the perception that there is no need to search for life elsewhere in the universe – it is already visiting us, sometimes carving intricate patterns into wheat fields.
The success of separating SETI from pseudoscience provides some evidence that effective science communication over many years of persistent effort can reach a desired outcome.