[pccgrads] 593 Seminar: Perspectives in Communicating Climate --1 cr winter 2015

UW PCC uwpcc at u.washington.edu
Mon Dec 8 13:31:12 PST 2014

There are lots of Climate Communication courses offered this winter, but if
you want a low-key opportunity to interact with a range of climate
communicators in a 1 credit seminar, then save time in your schedule for the
PCC communications seminar. CR/NC on Tuesday afternoons.a draft syllabus is
copied below. Questions? Email miriam at uwpcc at uw.edu


Perspectives in Communicating Climate Science (OCN/ATMS/ESS 593)

Winter 2015

1 credit (CR/NC)

Tuesday 3:30- 4:30/5:00 PM

OSB 425

Class Instructor

Miriam Bertram

Office Hours: By appointment

Office: OSB 339A

Phone: 206-543-6521

Email: mbertram at ocean.washington.edu

Course Description: For graduate students and upper division undergraduates
interested in broadening their perspective on scientific outreach,
discussing issues and different communication media, styles and situations.
Graduate students will have the opportunity to identify partners and
projects to fulfill the Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS)
capstone requirement.

The course will combine presentations by guest speakers including UW faculty
and non-UW professionals and associated readings and discussion. Invited
speakers will share their knowledge and experiences with climate
communication in different settings and with different audiences, including
communicating uncertainty, public perceptions and misconceptions, and
personal stories about effective communication.

Course Requirements: Students are expected to read assigned papers and
participate in a weekly discussion board to prepare for each seminar.

Course Website: There will be a canvas common view workspace for this

Grading: The course is graded credit/no credit. If you regularly attend
the seminars and participate in the pre-seminar discussion board and
in-class discussions, you will get credit for the course.

Required Readings: You will be given a reading each week, often suggested
by the speaker; these are chosen to supplement and to prepare you for the
presentations and discussions. These readings will be available through the
course common view page. You are expected to come to class having completed
the readings, submitted a question or comment through the canvas discussion
board. Please bring a copy (printed or electronic) of the week's readings
to class so you can refer to it.

Accommodations for disabilities: To request academic accommodations due to
a disability, please contact Disability Resources for Students, 448 Schmitz
Hall, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disability Resources
for Students indicating that you have a disability that requires academic
accommodations, please present the letter to me for a discussion on the
accommodations you might need in this class.

Schedule (Winter 2015)

Week 1 (Jan 6). Course Introduction; informal discussion with LuAnne
Thompson about her career path.

We'll take a look at:

Reading: Practical Science Communication Strategies for Graduate Students.
Kuehne et al., 2014 Conservation Biology Volume 28 No. 5. 1225-1235. DOI:

Week 2 (Jan 13). Nora Ferm (Cascadia Consulting) and Nick Bond (Washington
State Climatologist)

Title: "From oceans to cities: Creating and understanding demand for
climate information to enable adaptation"

Abstract: This session will focus on ways to create - and understand -
demand for climate information. How do we generate interest in climate
information, and tailor it to get traction? How does this differ depending
on the audience? We'll also talk about how to work across silos, by
fostering collaboration between climate scientists and other scientists, and
between information providers and information users. Examples include
working with health care professionals in Washington State to address heat
waves and harmful algal blooms that could affect human health; on a
vulnerability assessment in the Aleutian and Bering Sea islands that focuses
on marine ecosystems and resource-dependent communities and share an example
of a decision support tool that has helped urban planners in Vietnam to
understand and act on climate information to reduce risks to infrastructure
and people.




Week 3 (Jan 20) Rev. Jenny Phillips (Creation Change)

Topic: Stewards of Creation

Week 4 (Jan 27) Carrie Lee (Stockholm Environment Institute)

Topic: Climate and Energy Policy: Narratives and Storytelling to reach
non-expert audiences

Week 5 (Feb 3) Megan Bang (UW College of Education)

Topic: Cultural Aspects of Climate Communication

Week 6 (Feb 10) Joanne Silberner (Artist-in-Residence, UW Communications

Topic: Storytelling

Week 7 (Feb 17) Greg Quetin (Graduate Student UW, Atmospheric Sciences) and
Abigail Steinem (Graduate Student, UW )

Topic: The Visual Face of Science

Week 8 (Feb. 24) No Class Scheduled.

Week 9 (March 3) Amy Snover, Climate Impacts Group

Week 10 (March 10) Synthesis and Final Discussion

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