New publication in Risk Analysis
- October 2020: Dominic Balog-Way, Katherine McComas, and John Besley (Michigan State University) published a new article in Risk Analysis, entitled: The Evolving Field of Risk Communication.
- The open access article is part of a special issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).
New publication in Conservation Biology
- October 2020: Josephine Martell and co-author Amanda Rodewald (Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Department of Natural Resources) published a response in Conservation Biology, entitled: Media transparency and evidence-based framing: reply to Kusmanoff.
Josephine Martell successfully defends her “A exam” and advances to candidacy in the PhD program
- October 1, 2020: Congratulations, Josephine!
New publication in Human Dimensions of Wildlife
- September 2020: Katherine McComas published a new article with co-authors William Siemer, T. Bruce Lauber, and colleagues, entitled: Predictors of intentions to conserve bats among New York property owners.
RCRG launches the first Risk Communication Forum
- September 30, 2020: The RCRG officially launched the first online Risk Communication Forum.
- The forum is currently held monthly and seeks to bring together our dispersed academic community of risk communication friends and colleagues.
- If you have any questions or would like to become a forum member, please contact Dominic Balog-Way (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- We also created a new tab to mange the forum.
New publication in Drug Safety
- July 2020: Dominic Balog-Way published a new article in Drug Safety with co-authors Darrick Evensen (The University of Edinburgh) and Ragnar Löfstedt (King’s College London). The paper is titled: Pharmaceutical Benefit–Risk Perception and Age Differences in the USA and Germany.
- June 2020: Aly published a new article, with co-author Dr. Shirley Ho, on people’s willingness to share their opinions on nuclear energy in an online environment: Perceiving online public opinion: The impact of Facebook opinion cues, opinion climate congruency, and source credibility on speaking out.
Cat Lambert successfully defends her “A exam” and advances to candidacy in the PhD program
- June 2020: Congratulations, Cat!
Jason Holley completes his dissertation and passes his “B exam”
- June 2020: Congratulations, Dr. Holley!
- June 2020: Katherine McComas joins “Diverse, interdisciplinary panel” that “will help New York City further expand its climate adaptation efforts by providing authoritative, actionable science on future climate impacts.”
- June 2020: Katherine McComas joined fellow Cornell faculty in discussing ‘One Health’ and its relevance for understanding and responding to Covid-19. You can watch the full recording here.
Student award and paper acceptance at AEJMC 2020
- May 2020: Big congratulations to Cat Lambert, whose paper “Beneath our feet: Risk, dread, and the future in coverage of enhanced geothermal energy” has been accepted for presentation at this year’s (virtual) AEJMC conference and was awarded the ComSHER (Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk) Division’s 2nd Place Top Student Paper.
The “pub mug” tradition continues with a nice surprise during the May 22 RCRG meeting!
New publication on COVID-19 in Journal of Risk Research
- April 2020: Dominic Balog-Way and Katherine McComas published an article in the Journal of Risk Research, entitled: COVID-19: Reflections on trust, tradeoffs, and preparedness.
- The article was featured in the Cornell Chronicle on May 13, 2020. Many thanks to James Dean for writing ‘In the Fog of Pandemic, Opportunities to Improve Risk Communication‘.
- The article has since become one of the fifteen most read papers in the journal’s 22 year history.
New grant awarded
- April 2020: Congratulations to Cat Lambert on her recent Einaudi International Research Travel Grant award to support her work on studying public engagement and risk communication related to the development of enhanced geothermal energy in Finland and the U.K.!
Leadership through communication: Navigating the COVID-19 crisis
- March 2020: Katherine McComas participated in an eCornell webinar focusing on crisis communication and crisis management. You can watch the webinar here.
RCRG starts new tradition, the “pub mug” to celebrate a member’s publication
New publication in Conservation Biology
- January 2020: Josephine Martell published a new article in Conservation Biology with co-author Amanda Rodewald (Cornell University). The paper is titled: Frames, facts, and the science of communicating environmental crises.
- January 2020: Cat Lambert published a new article in Environmental Communication. The paper is titled: Earthquake country: a qualitative analysis of risk communication via Facebook (DOI:10.1080/17524032.2020.1719176).
New publication in Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science
- January 2020: Dominic Balog Way published a new article in Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science with co-author Ragnar Löfstedt (King’s College London). The paper is titled: Pharmaceutical Benefit-Risk Perception and Older Age: A Pilot Study.
Grant awarded by Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
- December, 2019: Josephine Martell won a grant from the Atkinson Sustainable Biodiversity Fund to fund part of her research to test, through a national survey, which biodiversity and conservation frames are most successful at persuading the public on conservation issues in the realms of policy, advocacy, fundraising, and personal behavior change.
Special Event on Climate Change at the National Press Club
- December, 2019: Dominic Balog-Way and co-host Sweta Chakraborty organized a special event at the historic National Press Club, Washington DC. The event was titled: Science Reporting in a Changing Climate: How Can We Do Better? Panellists included current and former journalists from The New York Times and CNN, as well as senior academics. Panellists presented their views on the title question and then debated opportunities and challenges for improving science journalism, risk communication, and policymaking in the 21st Century. The panel was followed by a lively and open discussion that was not just limited to climate change, but encompassed other pertinent scientific, technological, and risk issues relating to science journalism in the current political climate.
- December 2019: Katherine McComas published a new article in Science Communication with co-authors and Risky Group alum Hang Lu (University of Michigan), Heidi Kretser, and Bruce Lauber. The paper is titled: Scared Yet Compassionate? Exploring the Order Effects of Threat Versus Suffering Messages on Attitude Toward Scary Victims.
New publication in the Journal of Risk Research
- November, 2019: Dominic Balog-Way published a new article in the Journal of Risk Research with co-authors Darrick Evensen (The University of Edinburgh), Ragnar Löfstedt (King’s College London), and Frederic Bouder (The University of Stavanger). The paper is titled: Effects of public trust on behavioural intentions in the pharmaceutical sector: data from six European countries.
New research collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund
- August 2019: New Research Collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund, titled: Assessing the Influence of Coastal Risk Perceptions on Responses to Climate Change
With nearly 42% of the population, U.S. coastal areas could experience cumulative climate-driven damages as high as $3.6 trillion by 2100, compared to $820 billion where cost-effective adaptation measures are implemented. Although some adaptation measures must be implemented by government entities (such as barrier island restoration or beach nourishment), many others measures will be decided, funded and implemented by individuals (such as home elevation, relocation, and shoreline protection). Understanding the potential drivers to taking action in response to these challenges is this study’s central focus. Specifically, it investigates the influence of risk perceptions related to climate change on intentions to take individual action in response to coastal challenges.
Investigators: Natalie Peyronnin Snider, Science Policy Director at EDF working on coastal resilience and adaptation; Katherine McComas, Professor of Communication, Cornell, and Jason Holley, PhD candidate, Dept. of Communication, Cornell.
Grant award by Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
- May 2019: New Grant Awarded from the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, titled:Get the Lead Out: Alternative Ammunition Can Solve a One Health Conundrum
Despite successful efforts to remove lead from gasoline, paint, household products and drinking water, it persists in hunting ammunition and continues to harm the humans, bald eagles and other omnivores who ingest it when consuming game meat, typically venison. Evidence suggests there is little awareness among hunters or other consumers that venison may be contaminated by lead particles. Researchers will test messages with hunters and nonhunters via short videos that highlight the risks of lead ammunition to wildlife and human health, and describe non-lead alternatives.
Investigators: Krysten Schuler, population medicine and diagnostic sciences; Katherine McComas, communication; Elizabeth Bunting, population medicine and diagnostic sciences; Brenda Hanley, population medicine and diagnostic sciences.