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REMINDER: ISU Science Communication Symposium submissions due in 1 week

The Iowa State University Science Communication Project  ( invites submissions to 2018 Summer Symposium on Science Communication.

Understanding the Role of Trust and Credibility in Science Communication  

7-9 June, 2018; Ames, Iowa

Submission deadline: January 29, 2018

Trust and credibility are two critical heuristics that the public uses to interpret, evaluate and make decisions about complex, uncertain and controversial scientific information (Brossard and Nisbet, 2007; Pornpitakpan, 2004). Previous scholars have defined credibility as a multi-item construct that emerges from some combination of the audience’s perceptions of the source’s “trustworthiness” (character, honesty, believability) (McCroskey & Teven, 1999), “expertise” (qualifications, intelligence, authority, knowledge), and “goodwill” (caring, responsiveness, concern, empathy) (Teven, 2008). Though previous studies have described the importance of trust and credibility across several contexts, knowledge about these topics is widely dispersed across multiple fields, each with different definitions, measures and theoretical frameworks (National Academies of Sciences, 2016).

Free retreat opportunity for 18-29 year olds interested in climate change, 12-16 APRIL 2018

Are you aged 18-29 and interested in:

* doing something about climate change?
* sharing ideas and meeting new people?
* making new & creative climate communications?
* being inspired and nurtured?

If so, then why not apply for the Climate Action Retreat in St. Gilgen, Austria, 12-16 April 2018? Travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

During the retreat you will learn more about how to communicate about climate change in creative, stimulating, exciting ways. Together with other young people engaged in climate change, and supported by multi-media professionals and scientists, you will design new climate media formats to be shared with the community as creative commons. With this retreat we aim to discover some exciting new creative methods to open up new horizons for climate change communication.

Webinar on Sustainability Mindset Model - Fri Jan 26, 2018, 11AM Pacific

Dr. Kerul Kassel and colleagues have developed a “Sustainability Mindset Model” for use in developing leaders who can work to address the complex problems we face today. Their work integrates aspects of management ethics, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, systems thinking, self-awareness and spirituality.

Dr. Kassel will be presenting about this model at a free webinar hosted by Fielding Graduate University's Sustainability Working Group and Leadership for Social & Ecological Sustainability Concentration. Please join us! 

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