The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors' Lunch with Cristine Russell on Wednesday, April 9th in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

As a senior fellow at the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program, Russell has been studying how the news media cover climate change. She is interested in feedback about how policy experts and journalists view the coverage and how it can be improved. Over the last two years, coverage of global warming has exploded in newspapers, magazines, and the electronic media, as scientific reports and publicity for films like An Inconvenient Truth helped shift media attention from whether global warming was happening, to why, how fast and what can be done about it.

But how well have the media done? How can reporters convey the complex policy and political debates to come? Is there a danger that the current trend of "going green" will fade away?

Russell was a spring 2006 fellow at the HKS Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy. She is president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, a distinguished group of journalists and scientists committed to improving science communication to the public. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers, a contributor to the 2006 Field Guide to Science Writing, an advisor and contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review Website and a member of the selection committee for the National Academies of Science Communication Award. She serves on the boards of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society. She has a biology degree from Mills College.


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