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Civic Science Lab: Wind Power and Climate Change

Civic Science Lab: Wind Power and Climate Change

CIVIC SCIENCE LAB OFFSHORE WIND POWER AND CLIMATE CHANGE  University of Massachusetts-Amherst IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program Thursday, May 21 930am – 4pm 211 Holdsworth This one-day workshop introduces scientists, engineers, and related professionals to different schools of thought, modes of practice, and areas of research relevant to engaging stakeholders and the public on offshore...
A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

Even before Jacqueline Ho enrolled in her first environmental studies course at college, her thinking about climate change had been shaped during her years growing up in Singapore reading books by the environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben. At college, ideas first planted by McKibben were reinforced in courses where she read classics by Aldo...
Crude oil "Bomb" trains and community safety

Crude oil “Bomb” trains and community safety

Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster has produced a powerful New York Times op-doc on crude oil “bomb” trains. In this op-doc, Bowermaster spotlights crude oil trains that pass on rail lines along side the Hudson River, through Albany, NY, and other towns, and within 5 miles of Manhattan. Needless to say, environmentalists are helping many Americans understand their local...
Social sciences are best hope for ending debates over climate change

Social sciences are best hope for ending debates over climate change

–Guest post by Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan. Reposted with permission from The Conversation US. Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown described Senator Ted Cruz as unfit to run for office because of his “direct falsification of the existing scientific data” on climate change. Cruz fired back that “global warming alarmists” like Brown “ridicule and...
Health Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Health Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday April 17....
Environmental Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Environmental Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday April 17. 1) Describe historically...
Science celebrities are our de facto science laureates

Science celebrities are our de facto science laureates

Declan Fahy, American University A bill to create a US science laureate is pending in Congress. Climate skeptics reportedly derailed a previous proposal in 2013, fearing President Obama would appoint a scientist who shared his policy goal to curb greenhouse gases. Akin to the poet laureate position, the honorary one-year laureate appointment would give a...
Health Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Health Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday March 27....
Environmental Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Environmental Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday March 27. 1) Describe briefly...