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Short Analysis Paper 4: Climate Change and Energy as Public Health Debates

Short Analysis Paper 4: Climate Change and Energy as Public Health Debates

The following is the fourth short paper topic for COMM 3201 Health Communication. Choose one of the following questions to answer, actively drawing on the assigned readings and discussion in class. 1. Drawing on class discussion and readings, discuss the ways in which climate change poses serious public health and security threats. Next, discuss how research...
Using APA style in Essays and Research Papers

Using APA style in Essays and Research Papers

The following is a brief summary of APA citation and reference style for students in COMM 3201 Health Communication and other courses. FONT, FORMATTING AND SPACING Use Times New Roman 12 pt font throughout the paper. Double space your paper by choosing Select All Text from Edit pull down menu or pressing Command + A. While highlighted...
Nuclear Energy and Natural Gas "Fracking" as Public Health Debates: Readings for Nov. 17 & 20

Nuclear Energy and Natural Gas “Fracking” as Public Health Debates: Readings for Nov. 17 & 20

The following are additional readings for COMM 3201 Health Communication. NOV 17 & NOV 20 —  Natural gas “fracking” and nuclear energy as public health debates Readings: Ropeik, D. (2012, June 15). The Rise of Nuclear Fear: How We Learned to Fear the Radiation. Scientific American.com. [HTML] Stoutenborough et al (2013). Knowledge, risk and policy support: Public...
The Cable News Battle Over the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Cable News Battle Over the Keystone XL Pipeline

In the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed by a single vote to pass a bill approving the project. The controversial pipeline is intended to link the Alberta oil sands in Canada with Gulf of Mexico refineries and distribution centers in the U.S. Until this week, the pipeline had...
Short Analysis Paper 3: Analyzing the Vaccine Debate / Hype and Hope in Genetics and Biomedicine

Short Analysis Paper 3: Analyzing the Vaccine Debate / Hype and Hope in Genetics and Biomedicine

The following is the third short paper topic for COMM 3201 Health Communication. Choose one of the following questions to answer, actively drawing on the assigned readings and discussion in class. 1. Drawing on class readings and discussion, discuss how worldviews and social identity influence public perceptions of the vaccine debate.  Also discuss how the media...