CSCA 2015 Research presentations on Social Media Crisis Communication and Deliberating Water Stewardship

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I’m back home in Detroit after spending three days at the annual conference of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA), I presented some of my work — and caught up with some old friends from graduate school in the amazingly vibrant city of Madison, WI.

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Presented on Communicative Complexities of Resource Management in Alaska – Humanities Center Conference

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I was thrilled this week to present some emerging vignettes from my research in Alaska at the “Survival”-themed conference organized by Wayne State University’s Humanities Center, as part of its Faculty Fellowships Program. Having received a fellowship for 2014-2015 that helped fund my work in Alaska on resource management policy, I looked forward to sharing some stories encountered on the field, and witnessing the great work by the other awardees.

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Three sustainable organizing/communicating implications of #NCSE2015 Energy & Climate Change Summit

Back home in Detroit, I find myself reflecting on some of the key themes evident in the policy talk surrounding the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 15th national conference, on Energy and Climate Change (See my earlier post looking forward to NCSE HERE). In particular, I find myself returning to THREE main implications for organizing broader collectives, social movements, and formal organizations — and the communicative elements that characterize these.

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Out now: Co-edited Special Forum on “Organizing/ Communicating Sustainably” in Management Communication Quarterly

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I am so thrilled that the Special Forum, co-edited with Patrice M. Buzzanell (Purdue University), on “Organizing/Communicating Sustainably” is finally out in the February 2015 issue of Management Communication Quarterly (MCQ).

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Climate change response in Alaska: “Do, but don’t talk”?

The other day, I read a news report about how Siberian policymakers are “lukewarm” about the impacts of global warming — or, more accurately, Russian policymakers are lukewarm, whereas local Siberian scientists are sounding the alarm — and it reminded me of the interesting rhetorical response to the same issue in Alaska, a U.S. state that is similarly dependent on fossil fuel extraction, and similarly hungry for infrastructure development.

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Research Talks at the 2014 International Communication Association: Hello, Seattle! :)

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Seattle is a gorgeous, gorgeous city, with some amazing people, buildings, and food, and I’m thrilled to be in the middle of things right now for the annual conference of the International Communication Association! This is a bittersweet occasion; on the one hand, this is my first appearance here at ICA as a faculty member, representing Wayne State University, yet on the other hand, the conference marks the end of my two-year term as Student Board Member, a profoundly insightful position. During my two years, I have enjoyed working with the ICA leadership to set up some fantastic new opportunities and structures to enable graduate student members of the ICA in their professional development, and I’m sure that my successors will do an even more awesome job, extending these initiatives. So, as I bid adieu to this post, I’m settling for a wonderful few days in Seattle, exploring and experiencing the city, and engaging in some wonderful research with my Communication colleagues.

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