Community Colloquium: Ronald E. Rice

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Ronald E. Rice

Arthur N. Rupe Chair,

Social Effects of Mass Communication,

Department of Communication, UCSB

Co-director, Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television,
and New Media,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
12:30 - 1:30
Bren Hall 1414

"The Communication of Environmental Science and
the Science of Environmental Communication"

(See Dr. Rice's Powerpoint Slides)

Hosted by Professor John Melack



Both our understanding of environmental and ocean science, and the threats to our oceans and climate are increasing. So government agencies, universities, and researchers are placing greater emphasis on communicating science effectively to the public, stakeholders, policy makers, and the media. Dr. Rice will describe recent UCSB Environmental Media Initiative programs, events, and research that integrate environmental (especially ocean), communication, and media-studies knowledge and practice.


Ronald E. Rice (PhD, Stanford University) is the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication, and Co-director of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media, at UCSB. He has been elected divisional officer in both the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Academy of Management and served as ICA president from 2006-2007. He was awarded a Fulbright Award that took him to Finland in 2006, and he has spent part of his past few summers as an appointed Visiting University Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has published one hundred refereed journal articles, sixty book chapters, and eleven books, the most recent of which is Organizations and Unusual Routines: A Systems Analysis of Dysfunctional Feedback Processes. Dr. Rice has conducted research and published widely in the areas of communication science, public communication campaigns, computer-mediated communication systems, methodology, organizational and management theory, information systems, information science and bibliometrics, social uses and effects of the Internet, and social networks.


NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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