Indications Hiatus

As you may have noticed, Indications has been very quiet. That is because I have put my extra energy into the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA). I am currently evaluating whether to continue the Indications project, so in the meantime, the hiatus will continue. Thanks for your patience.

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The final 2011 Conference on Communication and Environment program is now available

The final program (PDF) for the 2011 Conference on Communication and Environment in El Paso is now available. Looking good! See you in El Paso.

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International Environmental Communication (IECA) Elections: List of Candidates for Board of Directors positions

The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA-provisional name) has launched as a new organization.  Go to our web site at for updates about what is going on with this exciting new effort.

Elections for 8 Board of Director positions will be held from mid-April to mid-May–you can now register to vote by going to and clicking on “elections.”

Here is the final list of candidates for Board of Director positions (for complete biographical information, go to and click on “elections”):

Board of Directors for the International  Environmental Communication Association 2011 Candidate List (FINAL)   23 candidates

Dr. Lee Ahern, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Communications; Senior Research Fellow, Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication, Penn State University (USA)

Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II, PhD, President, Philippines Communication Society; Consultant, Adaptation to Climate Change and Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCBio) Project; Head, Research and Publications Management Office & Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Miriam College (Philippines)

Dr. I. Arul Aram, Director, Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC), Anna University (India)

Dr John Blewitt PhD, FRSA, Director of Lifelong Learning, Aston University, Birmingham (UK)

Dr. Anabela Carvalho, Ph.D.; Department of Communication Sciences, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal); Co-founder and Vice-Chair, Science and Environment Communication Section, ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association

Richard Doherty, Doctoral Student, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA)

Dr Julie Doyle, Ph.D., Principal Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, School of Arts and Media, University of Brighton (UK); Co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Science and Environment Communication Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) :

Dr. Neil Gavin, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool (UK); Convener-Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability Network, Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association(MECCSA)

Anders Hansen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester (UK); Founding Chair, Environment, Science and Risk Communication Group, IAMCR

Kathleen P. Hunt, Doctoral Student, University of Utah(USA)

Sangita Iyer, Founding Executive Director, Bermuda Environmental Alliance (Bermuda)

Libby Lester, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Journalism, Media and Communications, School of English, Journalism and European Languages, University of Tasmania (Australia)

Soenke Lorenzen, Media Analyst, Greenpeace International (Netherlands)

Amanda Katili Niode, Ph.D., Coordinator, Division of Communication, Information, Education, Indonesian National Council on Climate Change; Manager, The Climate Project Indonesia (Indonesia)

Dr. Manoj K. Patairiya, M. Sc. (Environmental Biology), Visiting Professor, Global Communication, Chungnam National University, South Korea, Director, National Council for Science & Technology Communication (South Korea)

Mark Pedelty, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Resident Fellow at the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota (USA)

Emily Plec, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Western Oregon University (USA)

Raul Reis, Ph.D.,Professor & Chair, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, California State University, Long Beach (USA)

Stacey K. Sowards, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Research Fellow, Department of Communication, Sam Donaldson Center for Communication, University of Texas at El Paso (USA)

Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, PhD, Professor of Environmental Communication, Dept of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences , Uppsala (Sweden)

Miguel Vicente-Mariño, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Vice-Dean of the School of Legal, Social and Communication Sciences, University of Valladolid – Segovia Campus (Spain)

Barb Willard, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Joint Appointment – College of Communication & Department of Environmental Science & Studies, DePaul University (USA)

Ruben Zondervan, Executive Director, Earth System Governance Project, International Project Office, Lund University, Lund (Sweden)

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Interim Bylaws for the new “International Environmental Communication Association”

If you’re interested in Environmental Communication (and you are or you wouldn’t be here), you’re invited to make comments and suggestions about the new Bylaws of the “International Environmental Communication Association.” Comments can be made directly here on the blog, or submitted via email by going to and following links to “bylaws.”

These bylaws are an interim document; visitors to the Association’s new website will have the opportunity to vote for their provisional ratification during the April elections of the founding Directors of the Board. All comments and suggestions will be passed on to the Board of Directors for their consideration before the final ratification of the document.

The bylaws are a PDF document available here.

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New professional association launch team needs volunteers

Colleagues:  At next week’s National Communication Association convention in San Francisco CA, we are holding a forum to discuss the launch of a new international professional association dedicated to environmental communication ( ).  We’ve established a timeline for implementation by mid-year 2011.

We are looking for volunteers to help with four working groups that will lead the launch effort:

*Financial (incorporation, revenue sources, seed money)

*Organizational (finalizing name, mission statement, organizational structure and by-laws)

*Membership/outreach (disseminating information about the new association to academic and non-academic audiences around the world; finding ways to maximize value of the new association)

*Web site/elections (establishing a web home and identity; setting up and conducting electronic elections in Spring 2011)

If you are interested in helping with any of these working groups, and especially in chairing or co-chairing one of the groups, please contact me at  The working groups will begin their efforts in the next few weeks.

Exciting times ahead for environmental communication!

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