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Excited to see AAAS calling on its members to focus on public communication and engagement and curious to see what is next.  For lessons from history and research to inform planning and strategy, see our 2009 paper.

http://climateshiftproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/NisbetScheufele2009_WhatsNextScienceCommunication_AmericanJournalBotany.pdf
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I think it will be interesting to see what role former NJ congressman, research physicist and teacher Rush Holt will play as AAAS CEO and executive publisher of Science.
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“We’re well past the point where messaging the science or trying to communicate about the science more effectively is going to change anyone’s opinions,” says Northeastern University communication scholar Matthew Nisbet. “If anything, that’s going to move people to the poles." That's what I told Marketplace radio last night in a segment on our predictably irrational response to climate politics and dropping gas prices. Others interviewed include Duke's Dan Ariely, UCLA's Matthew Kahn, UMass' Ezra Markowitz, and risk comm consultant David Ropeik. 

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/low-gas-prices-exciting-global-warming-borrring
Falling gas prices have been big news all week, but as the mid-term elections showed, for American voters, the flip side of cheap gas -- climate change – is a low urgency issue.
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In my latest column at The Conversation, I discuss what might be the biggest (and most overlooked) climate change related story of the midterm elections. 
https://theconversation.com/republican-charlie-bakers-win-in-liberal-massachusetts-offers-path-forward-on-climate-change-33779
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In the climate debate, the strong reliance by conservatives on Fox News will continue to be a major obstacle to political progress. Yet as I argue in my Age of Us column at +The Conversation today, the less examined impact of left-leaning media on politically active liberals - including activists and donors among their ranks – deserves serious attention, even if for many of us such possibilities are inconvenient to consider.
https://theconversation.com/fox-news-seeds-climate-doubts-but-liberal-media-also-distort-33565
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In my latest column at The Conversation, I discuss a new study w/ Ezra Markowitz examining the factors shaping AAAS members' political engagement and public outreach.

https://theconversation.com/inside-americas-science-lobby-what-motivates-aaas-members-to-engage-the-public-38065
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Andy: Keep up the great work in tracking, analyzing, and curating debate and discussion about the Anthropocene. Among uses, these interviews are an amazing resource for college teaching with this interview on tap to be shown this week in my course on "Environmental and Risk Communication in the Anthropocene": http://climateshiftproject.org/envriskcomm/

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In my latest column at The Conversation, I discuss recent studies that provide insight on how the insider strategies of environmental professionals and the outsider strategies of activists have shaped the direction of climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru this week. The new focus on human rights, however, is not without major risks, threatening to derail the already fragile negotiations among countries.

https://theconversation.com/talking-climate-change-in-lima-who-is-pushing-for-what-34938
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With Republicans taking the Senate, liberals and environmentalists will be forced to rethink their no compromise commitment to blocking the Keystone pipeline and (hopefully) remain open to negotiations and deals that might be able to be struck on climate and energy related policy.  But the demonization of Republicans that is likely to ratchet up at MSNBC and elsewhere, as I argued in a column last week at The Conversation US, is likely to intensify anger among liberals at any discussion of compromise on climate change.  As UPenn's Diana Mutz wrote about media polarization nearly a decade ago: “A belief that one’s side has experienced an illegitimate loss … prompts the losing partisans to become increasingly angry...At this point it is no longer about differing political philosophies; it is about right versus wrong, truth versus deceit, good versus evil.” +The Breakthrough Institute +Dan Kahan https://theconversation.com/fox-news-seeds-climate-doubts-but-liberal-media-also-distort-33565
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I think that one of the most concerning votes to come up may be on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, approval for which, the oligarchial side of Obama may be happier with more Koch-Republicans around.  And Hillary Clinton may not be all that dismayed either, especially since the election knocked out some potential competitors: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/us/politics/midterms-for-clinton-aides-arent-all-gloom-.html.
We have two entrenched political parties that don't really reflect the demographics of the country.
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Acadia is truly a beautiful areas and NP. Did you eat any of the famous popovers at the park? Be sure to check out the southern end of the park, around the Bass Harbor and Seawall Road area, too. Some pretty cool out-of-the-way areas. Neat historic house (part of the NP) to tour, too. 
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    Associate Professor, 2006 - 2014
  • The Ohio State University
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Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication,  a consulting researcher to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and “The Age of Us” columnist at The Conversation. He has served previously on the faculty at American University and The Ohio State University.

Nisbet studies the role of communication, media, and public opinion in debates over science, technology, and the environment. The author of more than 70 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports, at Northeastern University he teaches courses in Environmental and Risk Communication, Strategic Communication, and Health Communication. Nisbet holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Communication from Cornell University and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.

Among awards and recognition, he has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Google Science Communication Fellow, and is currently a member of the National Academies Roundtable Committee on Public Interfaces in the Life Sciences. He has served on the editorial boards for Public Understanding of Science, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia Climate Science, the International Journal of Press/Politics, and Science Communication. He is an affiliated researcher with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.

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.” According to Reuters Web of Knowledge, Nisbet’s research has been cited in the peer-reviewed literature more than 1700 times (H-Index = 22), and according to Google Scholar more than 5100 times (H-Index = 33). In terms of scholarly impact, these metrics rank him among the top 1 percent of communication researchers worldwide.

Nisbet’s research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Nathan Cummings Foundation. His consulting experience includes analysis on behalf of the National Academies, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Centers for Disease Control, and other public and private sector clients. A frequently invited speaker, he has given lectures on more than four dozen university and college campuses worldwide and at many other scholarly and professional meetings.

You can read more about his work, professional activities, and teaching at his research web sitedownload his C.V., or follow updates via Twitter and Facebook.


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