Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Panel Discussion to be on Climate Change

March 19 Talk to Feature International Journalist, Kent State Experts

The School of Communication Studies and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will host the Spring 2018 Global Issues Forum with the panel discussion, “Advancing Understanding of Climate Change: The Role of Science and Global Communication.”


The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19 in the ballroom balcony in the Student Center.  The discussion is free and open to the public.


School of Communication Studies professor Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., will moderate the discussion with three panelists, which include:


  • Daniel Grossman, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting print journalist and radio and web producer
    • With a Ph.D. in political science and a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Grossman contributes frequently to the Yale Climate Connections and Yale Environment 360. He has reported from all seven continents around the world, including both near the south and north poles. He has produced radio stories and documentaries on science and the environment for National Public Radio’s shows Here and Now and Weekend Edition; Public Radio International’s show on the environment Living on Earth and news magazine, The World; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Germany’s Deutsche Welle radio; the BBC; and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, among other broadcast outlets. He has written for the New York TimesThe Boston GlobeDiscoverAudubonScientific American, among other national publications.
    • Grossman has received many awards for his work. He wrote and produced the app book “Deep Water: As Polar Ice Melts, Scientists Debate How High Our Oceans Will Rise” (TED Books, 2012). He is coauthor of “A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists.”
  • Elizabeth Herndon, Ph.D., Kent State University environmental geochemist and assistant professor in Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences
    • interested in the interactions between minerals, water and biota that shape the Critical Zone – the thin surface of the Earth’s crust from groundwater to canopy that supports life. Her research focuses on human perturbation of the environment through changes in land use, contamination and climate change. In order to examine biogeochemical processes across multiple scales, her research incorporates a variety of methods such as field sampling, laboratory experiments, analytical techniques (both in-house and at national laboratories), and theoretical modeling. Recent projects include: 1) understanding the influence of warming on iron, carbon and nutrient cycling in tundra soils, and 2) investigating metal biogeochemistry in coal mine waste and acid mine drainage.


  • Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Ph.D., Kent State University ecosystem ecologist and assistant professor, Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences
    • Mud matters to Kinsman-Costello and is interested in the effects of hydrology on aquatic nutrient biogeochemistry and ecosystem function. Her research aims to inform larger questions about the resilience of ecosystems faced with environmental change and the ability of humans to manage, restore and create ecosystems. A recurring theme in her research is the role that sediments play in freshwater ecosystem function. Hence, mud matters.


The National Science Foundation granted $100,000 to Herndon and Kinsman-Costello to study climate change in Alaska and how it affects the availability of plant nutrients in arctic and sub-arctic ecosystems. This research plays an important role to understand how high-latitutde peatlands will respond to climate change.


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities. Kent State is part of the Center’s Campus Consortium network of partnerships between the Pulitzer Center and more than 30 universities and colleges to engage with students and faculty on the critical global issues of our time.


Elizabeth Graham, Ph.D., director of the School of Communication Studies, said the School of Communication Studies’ ongoing Global Issues Forum brings Pulitzer Center reporters to campus who offer personal and professional perspectives on how a topic is covered in the media. “The ongoing forum is an integral part of the school’s curriculum which includes a global communication major that prepares students to think critically and communicate globally,” Graham said. “Previous forums have focused on the topics of fracking, women and children’s issues and the refugee crisis.”


The forum is co-sponsored by the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education. The discussion is free and open to the public.


Each year, the Kent State University School of Communication Studies partners with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to offer a $3,000 fellowship, providing students the opportunity to travel internationally to report on overlooked stories.


The application is completed online at http://pulitzercenter.org/grants/student-fellows. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 23, and students must also submit:

  • Three references
  • A 250-word description of their proposed project
  • Travel plans, including cost and duration of stay
POSTED: Thursday, February 15, 2018 01:45 PM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 01:29 AM
Mikala Lugen