Featured Projects

USA Today: Is Earth Near Its 'Tipping Points'?

This research project builds upon a growing research effort to incorporate social and behavioral theory and analysis to create a clearer picture of the role of news media in shaping public awareness about global climate change and associated actions (or lack thereof). This research was motivated by a desire to better understand 1) the types of information that have been provided in news reports about climate change over the past several decades, and 2) how people are likely to interpret and react to and/or act upon the information contained in these news stories.

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i (heart) h2o, part of the Figuring Sea Level Rise project, consisted of two interactive workshops and a provocative survey. It was developed by LA artists and water enthusiasts Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul, and Therese Kelly, AIA. Therese and Sara's three-part project uses our own campus as an experiential lab for thinking through our relationship as a campus to water systems and to our location in a coastal watershed with unique vulnerabilities to sea level rise. 

Figuring Sea Level Rise was a year-long initiative from UC Santa Barbara's Carsey-Wolf Center to extend conversations among scholars, students, policy-makers, activists, and broader publics about the projected effects of sea level rise on human and natural systems. It was a widely collaborative project, engaging faculty from Anthropology, Communication, and Sociology to Art, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, English, and Film and Media Studies to Earth Science, Marine Science, Environmental Studies, and Engineering. Workshops, seminars, a multi-media website, film screenings and a conference explored how sea level rise is perceived, understood, and portrayed differently by different groups within the academy, as well as among those who live or work in coastal zones. 

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Sampling the Sea enables middle and high school students to monitor, analyze, and share information about the declining global fish population that, in its implications for humans and the ecosystem, dwarfs other food issues in our time. Sampling the Sea uses multi-disciplinary teams of students, scientists, and new media experts, partnering with Google Ocean, the GLOBE Program, and ePals, to engage the next generation of consumers in a global dialogue on the interrelationships among local human customs, regulatory laws, fishing practices, wildlife management, and the future of the sea.