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Communicating Risk to the Public Workshop

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center
219 Littleton Road
Westford, MA
Friday, March 28, 2014
Brown University - Barus and Holley Building
182 Hope Street
Providence, RI

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? 

11:00 Break

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
                      latch onto?

12:15 Lunch

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?

2:30   Break

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

4:00   Adjourn



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