Enhancing the international profile of the department, nine LSC researchers and alumni, along with colleagues from the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Marquette University and others, have research accepted for presentation at the International Environmental Communication Association’s (IECA) 12th biannual Conference on Communication and the Environment.
Demonstrating the breadth of research conducted in LSC, presentations from researchers in the department will include a thematic set of posters on extractive industries by doctoral students Heather Akin, Jill Hopke and Meg Turville-Heitz covering topics ranging from media coverage of mining in West Papua, international discourse on hydraulic fracturing and citizen participation in debate over a proposed mine site in the Penokee Hills of Northern Wisconsin. They are joined on their panel by Linda J. Pfeiffer from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication whose work examines the media ecology of environmental health communication.
In addition, LSC faculty and graduate student researchers Professor Dominique Brossard, James Spartz and Leona Yi-Fan Su collaborated on research with colleagues from the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication examining social cues within environmental messaging on climate change embedded in new media platforms.
Adding to the department’s reach, in addition to collaborations with other University of Wisconsin researchers, LSC graduate students and faculty will be joined at the Conference on Communication and the Environment by alumni Ashley Anderson (PhD, ’12), Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University,, and Kasja Darymple (PhD, ’11), Assistant Professor with the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Darymple’s work is co-authored with LSC faculty Bret Shaw and Dominique Brossard.
The papers LSC researchers, alumni and Wisconsin colleagues will present at the 2013 Conference on Communication and the Environment are as follows:
Akin, H. (June, 2013). Uncovering sense of place in media coverage of the Grasberg Mine, West Papua.
Anderson, A. A., Myers, T. A., Maibach, E. W., Cullen, H., Gandy, J., Witte, J., Stenhouse, N., & Leiserowitz, A. (June, 2013). “It’s a hot one out there today!”: Using extreme weather events and local TV weathercasts to communicate about climate change.
Dalrymple, K. E., Shaw, B. R., & Brossard, D. (June, 2013). Making waves: Mass media, opinion leaders, and the campaign for environmental change.
Dunwoody, S., Griffin, D. J., Brossard, D., Spartz, J., & Su, L. Y. (June, 2013). Cueing attitudes about global warming using characteristics of new media channels.
Hopke, J. E. (June, 2013). Openings for citizen participation in debate over hydraulic fracturing: A comparative analysis of 32 countries.
Pfeiffer, L. J. (June, 2013). Maximizing media ecologies to engage the public in public opinion: A regional case study in environmental health information flow.
Turville-Heitz, M. (June, 2013). Can we just leave the public out of it? Public participation, public policy and the case of the Penokee Mine.
The 2013 gathering will be the first Conference on Communication and the Environment to be held outside of the United States in Uppsala, Sweden next June. The conference theme is “Environmental Communication: Participation Revisited: Openings and closures for deliberations on the Commons.” It is sponsored by the Division of Environmental Communication at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala University’s Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) and the Cemus Research Forum (CEFO). For more information on the conference, please visit the IECA website here.