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Call for Papers for Special Issue of the Journal Environmental Communication: Climate Change Communication & The Internet, Challenges and Opportunities for Research

The journal Environmental Communication has a call for papers for a special issue, due date is November 2013 for submissions.  Description below and more details available via this PDF. SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS Environmental Communication… Climate Change Communication & the Internet: Challenges and Opportunities for Research  Guest editors: • Dr Nelya Koteyko, University of Leicester,...

Internet Politics Scholars Join School of Communication at American University

The School of Communication at American University has added two nationally recognized scholars studying Internet governance, technology, and politics.  Professors DeNardis and Freelon (bios below) will be teaching in our Communication Studies and Public Communication programs respectively and contributing strongly to our Doctoral program in Media, Technology and Democracy.   Laura DeNardis As a leading...

Jane Goodall to Host Town Hall on International Peace at American University

On September 18, Jane Goodall will be hosting a town meeting on international peace at American University in Washington, D.C.  Details are below from a web story at the School of International Service site. Dr. Goodall, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, will preside over this one-of-a-kind event...

Study Warns of Boomerang Effects in Climate Change Campaigns

Climate change campaigns in the United States that focus on the risks to people in foreign countries or even other regions of the U.S. are likely to inadvertently increase polarization among Americans rather than build consensus and support for policy action. In contrast, locally focused campaigns that highlight the risks to fellow residents of a...

What Rick Perry’s Candidacy Tells Us About Polarization

Over the coming months, at Climate Shift and at Big Think, I will be blogging regularly on the topic of polarization, highlighting research and trends on the nature, causes, and possible solutions to the nation’s political paralysis. One of the causes I will be spotlighting is the growth in ideologically-driven activists and donors in each...

Time Magazine Names Big Think Top News & Info Web Site

TIME magazine has ranked Big Think  the # 1 News & Info web site of 2011 and #16 among the top 50 web sites across all categories. Big Think hosts the Age of Engagement blog written by Climate Shift Project Director Matthew Nisbet. From the Big Think blog by editor Daniel Honan: What a wonderful...

American University Makes Princeton Review’s “2012 Green Rating Honor Roll”

This “meadow” is actually one of AU’s green roofs.  AU has the highest density of green roofs of any campus in DC.   -Post by Ravi Raman. American University is one of only 16 schools nationwide to receive the highest possible rating (99 on a scale of 60-99) in the “Green Schools” category in this...

Background and Context for Climate Wire Story on “Cultural Divide” Between Science and Journalism

At ClimateWire today [subscription], Julia Pyper has an article on an important topic: How can scientists and journalists work together to improve public understanding of climate change? What are the major reasons for past communication failures and what are the best paths forward? I spoke with Pyper on the phone about this very complex topic...