College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson
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Yue Wu



101B Hamilton Hall


Favorite Experience

  • My favorite professional experience was interviewing Senator Hubert H. Humphrey on the steps of the St. Paul, Minnesota, state capital building.


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Iowa State University, 1987.
  • M.S., Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University, 1982.
  • B.A., English, University of Iowa, 1972.

Teaching and Research

  • Dr. Peterson's teaching and research interests are in the areas of science and communication and public relations. Her work has been published in Public Relations Review; the Journal of Environmental Education; the Journal of Applied Communications; Equid Novi; Media Ethics and the College Media Review. A seasoned journalism educator, she taught high school journalism before coming to Iowa State. She has worked tirelessly to integrate science literacy throughout the journalism and mass communication curriculum, advocating that writing about science and technology for the lay audience is important not only in print news editorial, but also in the areas of public relations/public information, advertising, visual communication and electronic media studies.

Current Research

  • news reporting and sourcing on science and technology innovation


  • DEO Advisory Committee
  • Long Range Planning Committee
  • P and T Committee
  • Curriculum Committee

News Sources

  • online sources: NY Times, Washington Post; Des Moines Register; Ames Tribune; The Iowa State Daily

Favorite Books

  • The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Lady of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Forest House, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Catch 22, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Angel and Demons, Dan Brown

Favorite Musicians

  • The Beatles
  • Moby Grape
  • Weezer
  • Ben Folds
  • Green Day
  • Neil Diamond
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Blink 182


  • listening to music
  • playing word games

Favorite Movies

  • The Graduate
  • The Sterile Cuckoo
  • Adaptation
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • The Sting
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Everything Matt Damon :)