Doris Shaheen-Asakly, M.Sc.


Doris Shaheen-Asakly, M.Sc. Student

My name is Doris, I live in Maghar, Galil, in the northern part of Israel. I am married and have one son.

I hold a B.Sc. in Molecular Biochemistry and B.Sc.Ed. in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

I work at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel in training teachers to combine values of environmental sustainability in their teaching, and to implement a sustainable lifestyle in their schools.

In 2013 I started my M.Sc. in Science Education at the Technion, in the Department of Education in Science & Technology.

During my courses, I was exposed to the field of science communication and it charmed me by its content and its connection to real life and education. I was especially drawn to the influence of social networks on scientific public discourse.

At the end of 2014, I began my Master thesis program under the supervision of Assistant Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari.

My research topic is:
The characteristics of an authentic scientific discourse in social networks: The case of fluoridation of drinking water.


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Shaheen-Asakly, D., Orr, D., & Baram-Tsabari, A. (submitted) Educational Characteristics of Authentic Scientific Discourse in the Social Media: The Case of Fluoridation of Drinking Water.


Shaheen-Asakly, D., Orr, D., & Baram-Tsabari, A. (2016, April).
Characteristics of an authentic scientific discourse in social networks: The case of drinking water fluoridation. Paper presented over video at Public Communication of Science & Technology (PCST) conference 2016, Istanbul, Turkey.
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Shaheen-Asakly, D., Orr, D. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2016, February).
Characteristics of an authentic Scientific discourse in the Social media: The case of drinking water fluoridation. In: Y. Eshet-Alkalai, I. Blau, A. Geri, Y. Kalman, V. Silber-Varod (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th Chais Conference for the Study of Innovation and Learning Technologies: Learning in the Technological Era, Raanana: The Open University of Israel, pp. 208-215.

Shaheen-Asakly, D., Orr, D., and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2015, June).
Characteristics of authentic scientific discourse in social networks: The case of drinking water fluoridation. Paper presented at the 6th Israeli Science Communication Conference, Davidson Institute of Science Education, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

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Kawther Zoubi, M.Sc.

Kawther Zoubi

Kawther Zoubi, M.Sc. Student

Kawther Zoubi is a graduate student at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her research is in science communication.

Kawther received her B.Sc.Ed in Science Education from the Technion in 2007 and started to work as a biology teacher.

During her work with students, she discovered the lack of accurate scientific information, which was notable in their work. Thing that encourage her to look for more details about the phenomenon in more languages.

Her research focuses on the quality of scientific information, which is available on search engines in different languages.

Lea Taragin-Zeller‏, Ph.D.


Lea Taragin-Zeller‏, Ph.D.

Lea Taragin-Zeller is a social and medical anthropologist, trained at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Cambridge. As an ethnographer of biomedicine and society, Lea’s research explores how ‘secular’ and scientific knowledge is negotiated among ethnic and faith minorities – influencing their decisions and raising new ethical dilemmas. More specifically, her research examines how religious minorities and migrants in both Israel and the UK integrate and reconcile frameworks of biomedical knowledge alongside faith, religious theology and authority. From contraception and abortions to genetic testing, Lea examines everyday decision-making vis-à-vis state-minority relations, intersectional dynamics and transnational networks. Her forthcoming monograph is based on seven years of in-depth ethnographic research with Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox couples in Israel, and showcases the ways that shifting state policies concerning demographic anxieties affect intimate desires.Lea has published in leading international journals, such as American Anthropologist, Medical Anthropology and Science Communication


Research Projects


In response to the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on minorities , Lea is examining the particular challenges science communication poses for religious minorities. In a new project, “Religion, Science Communication and COVID-19”, we draw on studies in science communication and medical anthropology to shed light on the particular types of decision making that characterize COVID-19 related decision-making among Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews. 


Lea is also part of the interdisciplinary research project: “Communicating Science among the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox in Israel: Journalistic Praxis and Audience Reception in Insular Communities” explores whether and how the Haredi community in Israel is legitimating and appropriating scientific knowledge (together with Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion;  Yael Rosenblum, Technion; Prof. Oren Golan and Prof. Yariv Tsfati, University of Haifa). This interdisciplinary project investigates the role of the Haredi press in communicating science and explores the meaning-making processes of Haredi readers as they engage with science education in Haredi media. 


Lea is also leading a new research project “Medicine at State Margins”.. Funded by the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, this ethnographic study examines the particular challenges genetic testing poses for ethnic and religious minorities in Israel-Palestine. 

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