2015 Annual Meeting

  21st Annual Meeting & Short Course

“Communicating Chemical and Environmental Risk”

June 10-12, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown, Freeport, Maine

Below you will find information on the meeting. On the right side of the page, you will find links to pages containing more information on registration prices, accommodation information, and more.  The detailed meeting program will be posted in May.  Sessions will cover a wide range of informative and interesting topics that may include, but are not limited to:

  • aquatic/terrestrial/wildlife toxicology and ecology
  • environmental and analytical chemistry
  • green chemistry
  • endocrine disruptors
  • integrated environmental assessment and management
  • remediation/restoration
  • metals, plastics and other contaminants in the environment
  • climate change
  • human health
  • communicating and translating risk and research to policy makers and the public

 

 

AGENDA

Download the Final Short Course Agenda HERE

Download the Final Meeting Agenda HERE

Wednesday, June 10
Thursday, June 11
  • Morning Plenary by David Ropeik
  • Morning Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Keynote: Jennifer Marlin, “Climate Change in the American Mind”
  • Poster Session w/ Social Mixer
  • Gourmet Buffet Dinner
  • 7th Annual NAC Jam
Friday, June 12th
  • Morning Sessions
  • Student Poster Winner Presentations
  • Annual Membership Meeting
  • Awards and Business Meeting
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Short Course

COMMUNICATING CHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK

Runs from 8:30 to 4:45 and a continental breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 am

Instructor: David Ropeik

David Ropeik,  Author and Consultant, Ropeik & Associates

This year’s short course will explore how humans perceive risk and how the risk assessor can use this knowledge to better their communication with policy makers and the public. During the course, David Ropeik will be covering psychology and how our thought processes progress through different stages when responding to risks and best practices for conveying this information to non-scientists.  Hands-on activities and interactive discussions will be utilized to give course attendees a chance to apply these techniques to real-life situations that require the communication of chemical and environmental risks to the public.
Download the syllabus: (pdf)
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Plenary and KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ropeik

 

David Ropeik,  Author and Consultant, Ropeik and Associates

“The Risk Perception Gap. Why we worry too much, or too little, and the risk of getting risk wrong.”

David Ropeik is an Instructor at Harvard University, author, and consultant on risk perception, risk communication, and risk management. He is author of How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match The Facts (2010, McGraw Hill) and co-author of RISK, A Practical Guide for Deciding What’s Really Safe and What’s Really Dangerous in the World Around You, (2002, Houghton Mifflin). Mr. Ropeik was a television reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston from 1978 – 2000, where he specialized in reporting on environment and science issues. He twice won the DuPont-Columbia Award, often cited as the television equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and seven regional EMMY awards. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT 1994-95, and he is creator and director of the program “Improving Media Coverage of Risk”, a training program for journalists.

 

Jennifer Marlon

 

Jennifer Marlon, Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

“Climate Change in the American Mind”

Jennifer’s research focuses on public perceptions of climate change and natural hazards, such as hurricanes and heat waves. She is interested in how psychology, culture, politics, and geography interact to drive environmental perception and behavior. Dr. Marlon also studies the physical aspects of long-term (paleo) environmental changes – especially wildfires. She initiated the Global Charcoal Database, which now holds nearly 1000 sediment records of fire history from around the world. She uses paleo and modern fire data in conjunction with models to understand the relationships between wildfires, vegetation, climate, and people over a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Marlon holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

 

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The call for papers opens February 9, 2015

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s meeting and encourage you to submit an abstract for either a platform or poster presentation. Sessions will cover a wide range of informative and interesting topics that may include, but are not limited to:

  • environmental and analytical chemistry
  • aquatic/terrestrial/wildlife toxicology and ecology
  • green chemistry
  • endocrine disruptors
  • integrated environmental assessment and management
  • remediation/restoration
  • metals, plastics and other contaminants in the environment
  • climate change
  • human health

 

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STUDENTS

As always, NACSETAC will continue to support our student members by offering student travel awards, cash prizes for best platform and poster presentations including the Patty Reilly Memorial Cardno-ENTRIX Student Award and a career counseling event.

$100.00 Travel Awards are available to registered students submitting a poster or platform talk on or before May 1, 2015. Download the application form! Student Registration includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks as well as the banquet dinner on Thursday night. Registration does NOT include lodging.

More detailed information for students can be found HERE.

CONTACTS

Deena Small, president@nacsetac.org

Megan McCuller, webmaster@nacsetac.org