Department News (Spring, 2017)
Communication Recommendations to Support Shellfish Management in the State of Maine
On March 2nd, 2017, Dr. Bridie McGreavy and research associate Sara Randall presented recommendations to strengthen Maine’s Municipal Shellfish Management program to more than 100 participants at the annual Shellfish Focus Day at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum.
These recommendations were based on more than three years of research associated with the Safe Beaches and Shellfish Project through the New England Sustainability Consortium and the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions.
Additionally, Tyler Quiring, a Ph.D. student, and Carter Hathway, an undergraduate student in the Department of Communication and Journalism attended the event and created a series of videos featuring all of the presentations throughout the day.
Community-based Partnerships for Safe Drinking Water
Dr. Bridie McGreavy, a current faculty member, is collaborating with Dr. Karen Bieluch, who also received her doctoral degree in the Department of Communication and Journalism and is now working at Dartmouth College, and with partners from the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program, local schools and community health organizations on this EPA-funded project. Their research on the All About Arsenic Project supports the development of partnerships between scientists, community health groups, and schools to raise awareness about arsenic contamination and improve community-based well water testing.
The Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism 2017 Visiting Journalist Program
Washington Post reporters Katie Mettler and Jessica Contrera visited UMaine at the end of March as this year’s visiting journalists for the Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism Program. In addition to attending journalism classes, Mettler and Contrera gave a public talk entitled, “Clickbait, Fake News, and The Fourth Estate: Why Journalism is More Vital Than Ever” on Thursday, March 30.