NSF Panel on Scientists, Journalists, and Climate Change
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
On January 8, NSF will be hosting a very important panel discussion on climate change and journalism. Details are below.
NSF to Host Panel Discussion on Communicating Climate Change
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
January 8, 2009
Leading journalists and climate scientists will headline a January 8, 2009, program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Va., to discuss a newly released book on climate change science and journalism.
Andrew C. Revkin of The New York Times and John Carey, senior correspondent for Business Week, will participate on the panel along with climate scientists Michael Mann of The Pennsylvania State University and Maureen Raymo of Boston University.
They will be joined on the panel by Bud Ward, editor of The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, and Tony Socci of the American Meteorology Society.
The NSF program is open to the public, but individuals must register in advance to gain entrance to NSF's headquarters. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 PM in room 595 of NSF's Stafford II building, 4201 Wilson Boulevard. To RSVP, contact Dana Topousis: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ward and Socci headed-up a series of innovative NSF-funded climatologists/journalists workshops aimed at improving journalism and communications to the general public on climate science. The workshops were funded by NSF's Paleoclimate Program in what many climate scientists have characterized as an innovative and creative approach to meeting NSF's "broader impacts" grant provisions.
A newly published book writtren by Ward and derived from those workshops - "Communicating on Climate Change: An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators" -- is being published by the Principal Investigator under the NSF grant, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, housed at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, in Narragansett.
A limited number of printed editions of the 74-page paperback will be available from the Metcalf Institute for shipping and handling charges, and an ordering form for the printed version and downloadable PDF of the 76-page book are available online at http://metcalfinstitute.org/Communicating_ClimateChange.htm .