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Communication

Featured Interdisciplinary Initiative

Research Communications Program

UC San Diego’s Research Communications program draws on interdisciplinary scholarship to combine the theoretical perspective and practical expertise crucial for communicating effectively with a wide range of audiences, including those concerned about the methods, findings or implications of scientific research.

Labs, Projects, Programs and Collaborations

Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination advances understanding of the phenomenon of imagination and its practical applications. We research, enhance and enact the gift of human imagination by bringing together the inventive power of science and technology with the critical analysis of the humanities and the expressive insight of the arts. In addition, we work to develop more effective ways of using imagination to cultivate public engagement with the big questions of our time, improve education and learning and enhance the application of imagination in meeting humanity’s challenges.

Featured Researchers and Professors

Jeff Gagnon

Writing Program Director, Warren College

Jeff Gagnon's research interests include first-year writing pedagogy, ethics in STEM education, public writing, civic-minded education and sports and social justice movements. In Fall 2017, Warren College partnered with Scripps Institution of Oceanography to turn one of the college’s required first-year writing classes into a course on Climate Ethics developed and taught by Gagnon.

Brian Goldfarb

Associate Professor and Chair, Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies; Affiliated Faculty with Education Studies; Faculty Director of UC San Diego Minor in Public Service

Goldfarb's research and creative practice focus on contemporary visual and digital culture, disability studies and education. He is currently writing a book tentatively titled “Environmental Knowledge and Knowledge Environments: Cultures of Learning and Global Ecosystems” with co-author Judith Faifman. This manuscript examines the dynamic relationships among environmental activism, digital communication, and education since the last quarter of the 20th Century.

Brie Iatarola

Lecturer, Communication

Brie Iatarola’s research addresses the environmental politics of the built environment and climate change resilience and adaptation strategies. In addition, she is interested in citizen science, community-based participatory research, civic mobilization and collaborative knowledge-making. She teaches science communication as well as the Warren College climate change ethics writing course.

Sherry Seethaler

Research Communications Program, Physical Sciences

Sherry Seethaler leads education initiatives and teaches research communications at UC San Diego and was the "Science Questions Answered" columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune for more than seven years. Her books "Lies, Damned Lies and Science" and "Curious Folks Ask 1 & 2" are available in several languages. Her forthcoming book, Beyond the Sage on the Stage (to be published by University of Toronto Press), bridges the gulf between scholarship and practice to inform communication about science, health, the environment and other complex issues.

Shelley S. Streeby

Professor, Ethnic Studies

Shelly Streeby is the author of “Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism." The book highlights social movements led by Indigenous people and people of color at the forefront of challenging the fossil fuel industry's threat to our environment. Her recent research focuses on climate change and public education in the Octavia E. Butler Papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif.

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Academic Degree Programs

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Featured Courses

COMM 171. Environmental Communication

Survey of the communication practices found in environment controversies. The sociological aspects of environmental issues will provide background for the investigation of environmental disputes in particular contested areas, such as scientific institutions, communities, workplaces, governments, popular culture, and the media.

WCWP 10A: The Writing Course A: Introduction to Academic Argumentation

The purpose of the Warren Writing sequence is to enable undergraduate students, through intensive practice, to read and write academic arguments in preparation for their work in various academic disciplines. It is required of all Warren College students. Includes learning outcome: Define climate justice and analyze ideologies, course texts, and social movements promoting and opposing climate justice.