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For the public to understand complex technical issues, effective communication strategies are necessary.

 


Risk and Science Communication

It is not enough to characterize a problem or issue.  Often the most difficult challenge is to effectively communicate technical findings.  CEC specializes in the communication of complex environmental risk and science issues in simple terms to a variety of audiences and media. We develop oral and written communication strategies that facilitate public understanding of technical problems and solutions.  CEC personnel have made over 50 major oral presentations to audiences and the media explaining environmental and human health risks, including those involving toxic chemicals, hazardous wastes, and Superfund sites.  CEC communication strategies have evolved from Dr. Milton Clark's teaching approaches as an award winning environmental and science educator at the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

Risk and Science Communication Oral Presentations:

  • “Mercury in Fish and Health Effects”, PBS, WTTW, Chicago
  • “Mercury Pollution”, National Public Radio
  • “Toxic Chemicals and Health Effects”, WXYZ, ABC, Detroit
  • “Air Pollution: Global Warming and Mercury”; Great Waters Institute for Journalism
  • “Global Warming: Why it Matters Now”, The Chicago Network
  • “Current Dioxin Risk Issues”, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry”
  • “Environmental Priorities for the Great Lakes Region”, Society of Environmental Journalists
  • “Water Pollution: Sources, Exposures and Solutions”, University of Illinois School of Public Health
  • “Health Effects of PCBs”, U.S. EPA public meeting on the Fox River, Wisconsin
  • “Methyl Parathion Pesticide Relocation and Decontamination Procedures”, U.S. EPA Washington
  • “Pollution and Public Health”, The Johnson Foundation

Risk and Science Communication Written Examples:

  • Environmental Risk: Your Guide to Analyzing and Reducing Risk, U.S. EPA, Region 5
  • A Comparative Risk Analysis of Twenty-six Environmental Problems, U.S. EPA, Region 5
  • Water Pollution, in Handbook of Pediatric Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Health Effects of PCBs, U.S. EPA, Region 5
  • Drinking Water Contaminants, U.S. EPA, Region 5