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American Geological Institute
Leadership Forum

“Communicating Geoscience to the Public”

Monday, May 1, 2006
American Geophysical Union
2000 Florida Ave, NW, Washington DC

Conference Synposis


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Monday, May 1st

8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction

Ernie Mancini


Forum Challenges

Fred Spilhaus

Forum Objectives

Jack Hess

I. Perceptions of Geoscientists

9:00 am


• General Discussion



• How the Media Perceive Geoscientists, Richard Kerr, Reporter for Science Magazine



How Policymakers Perceive Geoscientists, Harrison Schmitt, Geologist, Apollo Astronaut, Former Senator


II. Successful Communication and Effective Approaches

10:15 am

Success of Understanding Evolution Web Site, Judy Scotchmoor, Assistant Director, University of California Museum of Paleontology



Success with Recent Hazards Legislation in Oregon, Yumei Wang, Supervisor of the Geohazards Section, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and a former Congressional Science Fellow for ASCE



Example of Marketing Strategy for Energy Resource Development, Brian Miller, Director of US Government and International Affairs in BP America's DC office





III. How to Increase Appreciation and Support of Science

1:30 pm


Communicating with Religious Leaders, Sarah Andrews, geologist and author



Communicating with Communities in Developing Countries about Natural Hazards, Brian Tucker, Director of GeoHazards International



Global Energy Resources: Perceptions, Realities and Myths, Art Green, recently retired as chief geoscientist of ExxonMobil


3:45 pm



4:15 pm

Wrap-Up and Actionable Issues


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