Center for Environmental Communication Studies University of Cincinnati P Box 210184 .O. the LINK... connecting citizens, policy-makers, and Cincinnati, OH 45221-0184 businesses & industry in http://www.uc.edu/cecs environmental contexts Volume 4, Spring 1999 CONTENTS DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE 1998-99 marks the fourth year of existence for the Center for CECS Faculty & Staff......................7 Environmental Communication Studies. As you will find in the stories that Publications and Presentations..8 follow, CECS researchers and students are examining a wide variety of issues and problems related to environmental communication, including risk commu- CECS HIGHLIGHTS nication, communication in environmental organizations, and public involvement CECS Welcomes New Assistant Professor...............................................2 in environmental decision-making. Once again this year, CECS efforts have resulted in a number of research publications and presentations, as well as over Sierra Club Leader Visits $100,000 in research grants awarded by government and industry sponsors. Department of Communication.....2 An increasing amount of CECS activity is devoted to local and regional ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & environmental concerns. CECS faculty and staff are getting involved with a growing COMMUNITY PROJECTS number of community organizations that focus on the environment, River Valley Schools: An including the Hamilton County Environmental Action Commission, the Greater Environmental Controversy Cincinnati Environmental Educators, and the Ohio Environmental Unfolds...................................................3 Council. We are devoting a great CECS Participates in deal of energy to local grassroots RISK Environmental Resource Center..3 initiatives to improve community OMMUNICA COMMUNIC ATION access to environmental information Youth Environmental Project and decision-making tools. An ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC Enters Year Three..............................3 example of such an initiative is the JUSTICE TICIPA ARTICIP PAR TICIPATION FEATURED RESEARCHER effort underway to establish a Work Force Restructuring at regional Environmental Resource OMMUNICA COMMUNICATION Environmental Remediation Center (see p. 3). We are also IRONMENTAL ENVIRONMENT IN ENV IRONMENTAL Sites...............................................................4 following an emerging environmen- ORGANIZA ORGANIZATIONS COMMUNICATION AND tal controversy in the city of Marion, NUCLEAR ISSUES Ohio, located 150 miles north of Fernald Living History Project Cincinnati (see p. 3). These activities not only contribute to the teaching and Report....................................................4 research capabilities of CECS faculty, staff, and students, but they also fulfill a community service dimension that is vital to the CECS mission. Pro-Active Public Affairs at DOE’s CECS faculty and staff continue to conduct research related to the Ohio Field Office..................................5 Department of Energy's environmental remediation actitivies at nuclear Inter-Site Discussions on Nuclear weapons production facilities in Ohio and elsewhere. Featured in this newsletter Waste.....................................................5 are the current organizational communication research efforts of Professor Gail Fairhurst (p.4). Fairhurst is examining issues related to workforce CECS Joins Communication and Nuclear Weapons Research restructuring at environmental remediation sites. We are also pleased to Group......................................................5 have played a role in the formation of a Communication and Nuclear Weapons Research Group (p. 5). The group has established a listserv and intends to PROJECT UPDATES develop collaborative research efforts related to environmental and other Great Lakes Fish Advisory dimensions of America's nuclear weapons complex . Project Nears Completion..............6 CECS wishes to acknowledge the generosity of UC Communication Effects of Domestic Violence on Professor Emeritus Rudolph Verderber, whose gift to the department made it Home Environments.........................6 possible to bring J. Robert Cox, well-known environmental communication scholar and national leader of the Sierra Club, to our campus in April (see p. 2). ‘Drench’ Effects of Media Portrayals of Volcanic Disaster...6 We also want to welcome a new faculty member, John Delicath, to the Univer- sity of Cincinnati and to CECS. Starting this Fall, John will add his interest in CECS Joins Educators Group......6 environmental justice issues to our team of scholars and teachers (see p. 2). In CECS Participates in all, 1998-99 has been a busy and satisfying year. We are hopeful that next year, Environmental Studies Program.7 the fifth for CECS, will be even more exciting. 2 Center for Environmental Communication Studies Spring 1999 CECS HIGHLIGHTS CECS Welcomes New Assistant Professor In September 1999, the Department of Communication and CECS will welcome new faculty member John W. Delicath. As a new Assistant Professor in the Department, John will be teaching classes in environmental communication, among others, for undergraduates and graduate students. John comes to the University of Cincinnati from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) where he taught undergraduate courses in the rhetorics of environmental advocacy and environmental justice as Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Arts. In addition to his teaching appointments at Allegheny and at the University of Pittsburgh (1996-97), John also served as Director of Debate at Carlow College (1997-1998) and worked with the Public Debate program at the University of Pittsburgh to execute public debates on environmen- tal and social justice issues. He is co-founder and member of the Advisory Committee for National Public Debates on Environmental Justice/Brownfields, in partnership with the United Church of Christ. John was an active partici- pant in the development of the Environmental Communication Commission with the National Communication Association, and has been conducting research in the field of environmental communication for eight years. His academic background includes argumentation, persuasion, and debate, with specializations in rhetorical theory, media studies, and critical social theory. Currently, John is finishing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa, which focuses on environ- mental justice, public participation, and the relationship between scholarship and political advocacy. In addition, he is working on a grant application that would create a series of national public debates on environmental justice and brownfields issues. PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS BY JOHN W. DELICATH PUBLICATIONS PRESENTA BY W. DELICATH The Rhetoric of Green Consumerism: A Social Ecological Critique. Speaker and Gavel 31, 2-26, 1994. In Search of Ecotopia: Radical Environmentalism and the Possibilities of Utopian Rhetorics. In S. Muir and T. Veenendall (Eds.), Earthtalk: Communication Empowerment for Environmental Action. Westport: CN: Praeger. 1996. Re-presenting the Black-Macho: Boyz N the Hood and the Politics of Black Masculinity. Howard Journal of Communica- tion. (under review). The Greening of Communication Studies: Reviewing the Terrain of Environmental Communication.Quarterly Journal of Speech. (review essay; in progress). Sierra Club Leader Visits The second lecture, "Spotlight on Scholarship: Department of Communication Major Influences in My Career and Work", gave a more On Monday, April 12th, Dr. J. Robert Cox, personal look at Dr. Cox's background as a communication professor from the University of North communication scholar. Sharing stories about his Carolina at Chapel Hill and former President of Sierra Club, childhood, Dr. Cox explained how at a young, became the first of a series of guest speakers for the impressionable age, he was motivated by his grandfather's Department of Communications Verderber Spotlight on stories to partake in a career which would help bring Scholarship Lecture Series at the University of justice and fairness to the world. As an undergradu- Cincinnati. Dr. Cox gave two lectures during his ate communication major and as a Ph.D. student in stay in Cincinnati. This first lecture, entitled "The rhetoric, Dr. Cox honed his communication skills National Environmental Movement and the and opted for a career that would allow him to ap- Challenge of Environmental Justice': Notes from ply his extensive academic knowledge. Dr. Cox's the Field," focused on Dr. Cox's experiences with insights helped audience members see one way that environmental justice communities. As a distin- a person can combine a communication guished professor and former President of the Sierra Club, degree with their personal goals and desires and Dr. Cox worked with many of these communities in an subsequently find a challenging and fulfilling career in the effort to improve their situations. field of communication studies. Spring 1999 Center for Environmental Communication Studies 3 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & COMMUNITY PROJECTS River Valley Schools: An Environmental Controversy Unfolds In 1942, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Since the investigation, a series of soil and air tests opened the Marion Engineering Depot (MED) northeast of have been conducted at the schools by the U.S. Army Corps Marion, Ohio. From 1942-1961, it was the largest of Engineers and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency military operation of its kind, serving as a location for the (EPA). Each time toxins are documented, areas of the River repair and maintenance of heavy machinery, transformers, Valley campus are roped off from public use. Meanwhile, and generators. Until its closure in 1962, operational wastes, students still attend classes in the school buildings. including Trichloroethylene (TCE), Polychlorinated A number of State environmental groups, non- biphenyls (PCB), and benzene-containing fuels and oils, profit community advocacy organizations, and individuals were dumped into pits on the east side of the MED. In involved in the environmental justice arena, including Jan 1963, River Valley Schools were constructed, with Schlichtmann (portrayed in A Civil Action) and Lois Gibbs portions of the high school and middle school campuses (activist from Love Canal, NY), are asking U.S. EPA to take atop or adjacent to the MED. the case on. To date, actions Aerial photographs indicate have not been taken to that as much as 75% of school remediate the site, nor to grounds are located on the relocate the school children former waste disposal area. and employees who may be Between 1963 and exposed to carcinogens daily. 1998, a total of 90 cases of CECS researcher, cancer, including 25 cases of Rhonda Barnes-Kloth, has leukemia were documented River Valley High School (Marion, OH) been following this contro- among River Valley graduates, current students, and others versy since January, 1999, and is working with Ohio who live and work near the schools. In January, 1997, a Environmental Council to increase State and national group of local residents began to question the numbers. awareness of this situation. In the coming months, CECS Later that year, the Ohio Department of Health initiated an will continue monitor the events in Marion, in an attempt investigation of the high incidences of cancer, and concluded to provide community access to information that might help that leukemia cases among River Valley graduates and them gain additional support, and increase their chances students are nearly three times the expected number. for participating in the decisions being made by policymakers. CECS Participates in corporate and government spon- to help them build leadership and Environmental sors. advocacy skills that will encourage Dr. Depoe recently received their neighbors to take an active role Resource Center funding from the UC Faculty Devel- in improving the environmental health The Environmental Resource opment Council to conduct work- of their community. Center (ERC) is a public service shops describing how the ERC can YEP participants are currently pre- organization whose goal is to provide be used by University faculty and their paring to become master puppeteers environmental data, news, and students. Over the next several for their latest project,creating their information that is relevant to the months, CECS will continue to assist own puppets, stage, and scenery for Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana tri-state ERC with applications for additional an "All About Lead" puppet show. The region. The ERC will foster research funding. show discusses the hazard of lead and education on regional environ- poisoning for kids of all ages. YEP will mental issues, and will enhance Youth Environmental be performing their puppet show this collaboration among citizens, Project Enters Year spring for various elementary schools environmental organizations, busi- Three in Lower Price Hill, in order to nesses, agencies, and instituions. educate younger children about the CECS researchers Dr. Stephen As part of a four year grant dangers of lead. Depoe and Ms. Rhonda Barnes-Kloth program funded by the National Dr. M. Kathryn Brown, UC serve on the ERC Board. Dr. Depoe Institute of Environmental Health Department of Environmental Health, serves as Chair of the Community Sciences (NIEHS), CECS Graduate is the lead on this NIEHS grant. The Environmental Calendar Committee, Assistant Amy Lombardo, is working project is administered by the Urban and Ms. Barnes-Kloth Chairs the with the Youth Environmental Appalachian Council, a community- Education Committee. Project (YEP) in the Lower Price Hill based non-profit organization, in Funding for ERCs operating costs neighborhood of Cincinnati. YEP is partnership with the LPH Community will be raised through grants and geared toward teenagers and young Council, and the Cincinnati Health contributions from private donors and adults in Lower Price Hill, in an effort Department. 4 Center for Environmental Communication Studies Spring 1999 CECS FEATURED RESEARCHER: T. FAIRHURST GAIL T. FAIRHURST Dr. Gail Fairhurst, Professor of Communication and CECS researcher at the University of Cincinnati, is a nationally- recognized expert in leadership communication. Her current research interests include: leadership communication and organizational change; leadership communication during work force restructuring; the communication of corpo- rate philosophy statements; and leader-member relationships. She frequently publishes in both communication and organizational science outlets, and she has consulted with a number of businesses and organiza- tions, including: the U.S Air Force; Boeing; Procter & Gamble; General Electric; Kroger; and State Farm Insurance. Work Force Restructuring at Environmental Remediation Sites orc Restruc For estructuring nvironmental Remediation Sit Envir ites Corporate downsizing and work force transition of Fluor Daniel Fernalds (FDF; DOE-Fernald site have become facts of life for most modern day remediation contractor) innovative managed attrition pro- corporations. Examples of this can be found among the gram on turnover outcomes over time and with different Department of Energys (DOE) environmental populations. The goal of managed attrition is to avoid remediation contractors who involuntary separation of the have been charged with work force through open- cleaning up hazardous materi- ness in sharing manpower als. Issues and tensions arise at planning information. (The DOE remediation sites due to DOE-Fernald site, located 17 conflicting needs, such as the miles north of Cincinnati, need to terminate a certain OH, refined uranium from number of employees at 1953-1989 as part of the U.S. regular intervals, and the need DOE nuclear weapons to retain some knowledgeable production complex.) employees at the site for During the first phase completing clean-up. Tensions of the study, completed in late also arise from the multiple 1998, a series of interviews interests that must be examined leadership com- managed, including those of Aerial view of DOE-Fernald site (Fernald, OH) munication in the work force remediation workers, the site restructuring program at the contractor, the local community, DOE, and the Office of DOE-Fernald site. The second phase will involve a the Inspector General. survey of current site employees to uncover the key Conducted by CECS researcher Dr. Gail communication variables and outcomes associated with Fairhurst, with Project Manager Rhonda Barnes-Kloth, and work force restructuring and its impact on survivors. The CECS Graduate Research Fellow Dan Cahill, the second phase of the Work Force Restructuring study is Work Force Restructuring study will examine the effects funded by a sponsored research award from FDF . media Visual Services. CECS research- interviews with workers and commu- Fernald Living H istory istor Living History ers interviewed six community nity members by the end of fiscal year oject Report epor Project Report members and workers for the video, 1999, in order to document a Fernald which was shown at various public site history. Full-length copies of the Over the past year, CECS has meetings to clarify the project concept interviews will be available in the continued to pursue funding for the and encourage additional community Public Environmental Information Fernald Living History Project (FLHP), involvement. Additional support for the Center, the public repository for DOE an effort to preserve and record project has been solicited through the and FDF documents. Fernald-area community histories. In establishment of a project web site During the coming year, addition, the FLHP Volunteer Advisory (http://offo2.epa.state.oh.us/flhp.htm), CECS will pursue funding for interviews Group solicited community interest in developed by the Ohio Environmen- that preserve Fernald-area community the project during Summer 1998 at tal Protection Agency s Office of histories through various grant appli- two local festivals. Federal Facilities Oversight. cations. CECS researchers will also Summertime activities also Most recent developments begin documenting their experiences included the production of a promo- related to the project include: a shift in with this community-university partner- tional video for the FLHP by CECS with meeting facilitation from CECS to a ship through papers and presentations help from Fluor Daniel Fernald (FDF , community member; and a DOE- at various academic conferences. site remediation contractor) Multi- funded effort to conduct 80-100 Spring 1999 Center for Environmental Communication Studies 5 COMMUNICATION AND NUCLEAR ISSUES Inter-Site Discussions er-Sit Inter-Site Discussions ommuication Joins Commuic CECS Joins Commuication and aste Wast on Nuclear Waste eapons Resear Weap esearch Group Nuclear Weapons R esearch Group In June 1998, the League of Women Voters Communication and Ecology at (Former) Education Fund (LWVEF) convened two national Nuclear Weapons Sites: A Roundtable Discussion was workshops (Chicago and San Diego) entitled Inter- held at the 1999 Western States Communication Site Discussions on Nuclear Material and Waste. Each Association Conference in Vancouver, BC. During this workshop brought together people impacted by the session, a variety of nuclear weapons complex issues Department of Energys (DOE) policy decisions regard- were discussed by communication scholars from across ing the management of nuclear materials and waste. the country, including academic projects currently CECS Graduate Research Fellow Jennifer Hamilton underway that pertain to various U.S. nuclear weap- served as a facilitator for the workshop held in ons production and/or disposal sites. Participants also Chicago. discussed ways to encourage collaboration and dialogue The workshops presented information on among academic researchers and others across the U.S. upcoming DOE decisions, proposed waste manage- nuclear weapons complex. ment alternatives, and discussed their implications. The Communication and Nuclear Weapons Individual DOE sites sent agency and citizen represen- Research Group was created in response to the tatives to the workshop to share their unique roundtable discussion. The purpose of this electronic concerns, and to provide a local context for the discussion group is to enhance dialogue among national discussions. Workshop participants engaged in communication scholars and other interested parties small group discussions and used an interactive game who are involved in studying nuclear weapons policy, to generate a list of crucial issues that DOE should technology, and institutions, particularly the U.S. nuclear consider in its decision making process. weapons production complex. To join the discussion, The Inter-Site Discussions were the culmina- address an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org, tion of a two and a half year effort to create a national and place the following command in the body of the dialogue involving citizens living near DOE sites across message: SUBSCRIBE UC-CNWRG First MI Last. the country. CECS conducted one of four pilot work- Discussions concerning potential collaborative shops held from June to November 1997 that research projects will continue at the Summer 1999 provided guidance to the LWVEF on ways the larger Conference on Communication and the Environment effort might enable a national discussion of these issues in Flagstaff, AZ and at the 1999 National Communica- across perspectives and sites. tion Association Conference in Chicago, IL. Pro-Active Public In recent years, the DOE they are effective, a crisis is averted Affairs at DOE’s field office in Miamisburg has tried to and positive public opinion is Ohio Field Office focus its efforts on establishing and restored. But when pro-active public Dr. Jerry Jordan has been maintaining trust and open lines of affairs programs are successful, it working with the Department of communication with the local seems as if nothing happens in the Energy since May 1998 to design community. Their public affairs efforts community because less public effective assessment tools for have been aimed at establishing trust concern is expressed. pro-active public affairs programs. and building relationships in the Dr. Jordan recently compiled Officials at the DOE Ohio field office community rather than waiting for the a resource book for the Miamisburg in Miamisburg, Ohio have developed community to voice their worries and field office which outlined a number public affairs programs that are concerns. of measurement strategies and designed to prevent public relations Dr. Jordan has been helping suggested how DOE might imple- crises from occurring. These pro- the field office develop measurement ment those strategies. You have to active programs are quite different strategies to assess the effectiveness do something besides a straight from traditional public relations of their programs. Pro-active public forward phone survey, Jordan says. activities which are usually reactive in affairs programs are difficult to assess When their [DOE] programs are nature. That is, many traditional because their goal is to prevent successful, people will not worry public relations activities are designed certain events from occurring. about DOE activities, they will trust to address public protests or respond Traditional, reactive public relations that things are being handled OK. to public concerns. efforts are relatively easy to assess. If 6 Center for Environmental Communication Studies Spring 1999 PROJECT UPDATES Great Lakes Fish Advisory Project Nears Completion The Great Lakes Fish Advisory study has now the researchers in order to gauge their understanding of entered its fourth and final year of operation. Project information about the risks of consuming fish caught in the researchers Dr. Robert Griffin (Marquette University), Dr. Great Lakes. In the third year of the study, participants were Sharon Dunwoody (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and given a specially designed brochure that contained informa- Dr. Kurt Neuwirth (CECS, University of Cincinnati) received tion typically found in fish advisories. funding from the Agency for Toxic The study is designed to clarify Substances and Disease Registry relationships among social trust in the (ATSDR) to study peoples understand- institutions issuing fish advisories, risk ing of government-issued advisories for judgments of individuals, emotional fish caught in the Great Lakes. responses those individuals might have Historically, a number of facili- to information about hazards, and ties have dumped manufacturing wastes information processing styles. All of the directly into the Great Lakes. Water study elements are in place and we hope samples are found to contain harmful to demonstrate relationships between levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphe- Fishing on Lake Superior the kind of information processing most nyls), a toxic industrial byproduct. PCBs folks do, and what they think, feel, and remain active in the Great Lakes almost indefinitely, and over how they behave when it comes to eating Great Lakes fish, a period of time becomes concentrated in the fatty tissue of said Neuwirth. fish. When people catch and eat those fish, PCBs are trans- The three Great Lakes Fish Advisory researchers ferred to the bodies of the human consumers. are currently in the process of tabulating and analyzing the During each of the past three years, some 400 data generated by the project. A final report to ATSDR will Cleveland and Milwaukee residents were interviewed by be issued in late Fall of this year. Effects Domestic Effects of Domestic ch’ ‘Drench Effects ‘Drench’ Effects of Violence on Home iolenc Media Portrayals of ortrayals Portray treatments.The study is currently nvironments Environments olcanic Disaster Volcanic Disaster under review for conference presen- tation and publication. Dr. Teresa Sabourin is cur- Drs. C. Mo Bahk and Kurt rently completing a two year grant from Neuwirth have been investigating the University Research Council and the drench effects of media portrayals of CECS Joins Joins Cincinnati Coalition on Domestic volcanic disaster. Drench analysis is a Violence, to examine the affective ducat ators Group relatively new approach to media effects Educators Group behavioral change in abusive men as research in the field of communication. CECS researcher Rhonda they undergo four weeks of training at In contrast to the cultivation perspec- Barnes-Kloth, has joined the Greater the Amend Program. tive which regards media effects as Cincinnati Environmental Educators During the first year, this study resulting from gradual, cumulative (GCEE), an organization of teachers and involved open-ended interviews with a exposure to mediated representations non-formal educators who believe in convenience sample of men at the of the real world, the drench analysis the importance of bringing environ- Amend Program. Behavioral changes acknowledges that some media presen- mental principles into Cincinnati-area were measured in terms of whether tations and role portrayals may gener- schools and classrooms. On June 17, these men owned up to the respon- ate intense, lasting impacts on some 1999, Ms. Barnes-Kloth, who repre- sibility for their actions and changed their individuals. sents the Environmental Resource Cen- construction of reality. The interviews The results of this study ter, will assist with the GCEE-sponsored were coded as partial concessions, full particularly demonstrate the potential or symposium Modeling Environmental concessions, or justifications. The study drench analysis as a micro-level theo- Education in the Classroom. The is currently in the data analysis stage. retical approach to the explanation of purpose of the symposium is to By Summer 1999, a paper will media effects that would also be provide K-12 teachers with hands-on be submitted to Communication compatible with the cultivation analysis educational tools that will assist them Monographs for publication. The as a macro-level approach. The drench with teaching about environmental Amend Program will also receive a analysis is expected to more clearly issues. For more information on the report with evaluations and recommen- delineate the effects of dramatic media symposium, please contact Sara dations to be able to restructure their messages that may have been obscured Storjohann at the Civic Garden Center program according to research findings. previously by aggregate analytic (513) 221-0981. Spring 1999 Center for Environmental Communication Studies 7 articipat Participates nvironmental Envir Pr gram CECS Participates in Environmental Studies Program As part of CECS ongoing efforts to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to environmental issues, Director Stephen Depoe currently serves as a faculty member for the Environmental Studies Program (ESP), an undergraduate major in the Department of Biology at UC. The program offers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Environmental Studies and trains students to become environmental professionals with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues. The ESP includes faculty members from disciplines including: political science, communication, business, economics, biology, chemistry, and engineering. Environmental Studies faculty team teach a three-quarter sequence that introduces freshmen to the diversity of the environmental field. During Spring 1999, Stephen Depoe teamed up with economics professor Haynes Goddard for the first course in the sequence. Dr. Depoes portion of the course provides an overview of the environmental movement and incorporates guest speakers who will discuss a wide range of Cincinnati area environmental issues and controversies. CECS FACULTY & STAFF Dr. Stephen P Depoe , Associate Professor Stephen P. Dep . epo Dr. Gail T. Fairhurst Professor of Communi- airhurst, Gail T. Fairhurst and Head, Department of Communication; cation, studies internal organizational Director, CECS, examines environmental processes and leadership in organizations. justice issues and public participation. Phone: (513) 556-4460 Phone: (513) 556-4440 FAX: (513) 556-0899 FAX: (513) 556-0899 E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Barnes-K loth, arnes-Kloth Rhonda Barnes-K loth Junior R esearch ennifer (Dufuff Hamilton on, Jennif er (D uf f ield) Hamilton Graduate Associate, studies ecological anthropology, Research Fellow, studies environmental risk environmental justice, and environmental communication and public participation in risk policy. issues. Phone: (513) 556-4001 Phone: (513) 556-4001 FAX: (513) 556-0899 FAX: (513) 556-0899 E-mail: Rhonda.Barnes-Kloth@uc.edu E-mail: email@example.com D r. C. Mo Bahk Assistant Professor of Bahk ahk, Dr. Jerry M. Jordan Associate Professor of erry Jerr ordan Jordan, Communication, explores the nature and Communication, examines how interpersonal consequences of dramatic media messages sources of risk information factor into the dealing with health and environmental issues. public’s attitudes toward environmental risks. Phone: (513) 556-4479 Phone: (513) 556-4474 FAX: (513) 556-0899 FAX: (513) 556-0899 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com John W. Delicath Assistant Professor of W. Delicath, elicath Dr. Kur t Neuwir th Assistant Professor of urt Kur Neuwirthth, Communication, studies environmental Communication, explores how risk messages justice and rhetorical theory and criticism; influence the risk perception of individuals. media theory and criticism; and social theory Phone: (513) 556-1571 and cultural studies. FAX: (513) 556-0899 Phone: (513) 556-4440 E-mail: Kurt.Neuwirth@uc.edu FAX: (513) 556-0899 Dr. Teresa Sabourin Professor of Communi- eresa Sabourin, Ter abourin Daniel J. Cahill Graduate Research Fellow, ahill, Cahill cation, examines the role of communication in studies internal organizational processes. the genesis, maintenance, and prevention of Phone: (513) 556-5860 domestic violence. FAX: (513) 556-0899 Phone: (513) 556-4440 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FAX: (513) 556-0899 E-mail: Teresa.Sabourin@uc.edu 8 Center for Environmental Communication Studies Spring 1999 Publications Annual National Stakeholder’s Workshop, U.S. Department Depoe, S.P. (1998). “Talking about the Earth: On the grow- of Energy, Alexandria, VA. ing significance of environmental communication studies.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 1, 435-448. Griffin, R.J., Dunwoody, S., & Neuwirth, K. (1998). “Audi- ence seeking and processing of information about risks to Griffin, R.J., Dunwoody, S., & Neuwirth, K. (1999). “Pro- the Great Lakes ecosystem.” Society for Risk Analysis posed model of risk information seeking and processing to Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, December 1998. the development of preventive behaviors.” Environmental Research, 80, s230-s245. Upcoming Presentations in 1999 Presentations Bahk, C.M. & Berger, C.R. (1999). "Too Close for Comfort: Depoe, S.P., & Hamilton, J. (1999). “Communication and Disaster Proximity and Severity, and Reponses to Threat- ecology at (former) nuclear weapons sites: A roundtable ening News Stories." 49th Annual Conference of the discussion.” Panel presentation at the Seventieth Annual International Communication Association, San Francisco, Meeting of the Western States Communication Associa- CA, May 1999. tion, Vancouver, BC, February 1999. Barnes-Kloth, R., Depoe, S.P., Hamilton, J.J., & Depoe, S.P., Hamilton, J., & Jordan, J.M. (1998). Lombardo, A.J. (1999). “Environmental justice, activism, “Reflections on the National Dialogue Pilot Field Work- and ethnography: Reports from the field.” Panel presenta- shop on the Department of Energy’s management of tion at the National Communication Association Conven- nuclear waste.” Competitive Paper presented at the tion, Chicago, IL, November, 1999. National Communication Association Convention, New York, NY, November 1998. Barnes-Kloth, R., Depoe, S.P., Hamilton, J.J., & Lombardo, A.J. (1999). “Memories of Fernald: Defining a Fairhurst, G.T., Cooren, F., & Cahill, D. (1998). “Leader- “sense of place” through personal narrative.” Presentation ship issues and the velvet boot: A pilot study of work force at the Conference on Communication and the Environ- restructuring at Fernald.” Paper presented at the Sixth ment, Flagstaff, AZ, July, 1999. The Center for Environmental Communication Studies Newsletter Design: University of Cincinnati Rhonda Barnes-Kloth .O. P Box 210184 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0184 Newsletter Contributors: Jennifer Hamilton Amy Lombardo Girija Gothoskar Web Page Design: Guowei Jian CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CECS AND OUR PROJECTS. (513) 556-4001 email@example.com mission The CECS mission is to to enhance the understanding enhanc and quality of communication quality communic ommunication pro esses actic practices processes and practices industry among citizens, industry, and gov participants government participants in environmental polic formation olicy environmental polic y formation and implementation. esearchers resear CECS researchers pursue this ariety mission through variet mission through a variety of efforts, including basic efforts, including basic and esearch projec resear ojects applied research projec ts elated communit relat ommunity and related community vice servic initiatives. servic e initiatives.