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Communicating Risk to the Public Workshop
March 28, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 Registration and continental breakfast
9:30 Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Griffith, NEWMOA; James Rice, Brown University
9:45 Social, Psychological, and Economic Considerations
James Rice, Brown University
– How do people think, and how does this affect risk communication?
10:15 When is an Exposure Toxic and What is Toxicity?
Kim Boekelheide, Brown University
– What can an expert witness say about toxicology? Where do the numbers
come from? Do mouse models make sense? How does a toxicologist
extrapolate from animal models? What does that mean for my kid?
11:15 Controlling and Managing Your Message
Laurie Rardin, Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program
– Dartmouth SRP Case Study: Arsenic in Food Products
11:45 Understanding Today’s News Media
Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
– Where do reporters get their information nowadays? What do they
1:15 Delivering a Message to the Community
Lenny Siegel, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
– Where do you start? How do you handle homeowner access for drinking
water & indoor air testing? What about public meetings?
2:45 Gorham Silver Site: A Case Study in Risk Communication
Robert Vanderslice, Rhode Island Department of Health
– Including challenges & lessons learned recommendations
3:15 Risk Communication Planning: The Process
Madeleine Scammell, Boston University
– How do you move forward? Identify goals; Assess knowledge; Message
methods; Plan implementation