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Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Climate Knowledge and Social Networks

12:00 pm, Fri January 10, 2014 –

Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Movement of Climate Change Knowledge Through Social Networks”? on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Kenneth Frank, PhD, Professor in the College of Education and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, will discuss how climate change knowledge moves through different social networks, how the information changes as it moves through these networks, and the roles different people play in the transfer of information.

The webinar will be held on January 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information — visit to sign up. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

The webinar is co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (GLISA) Center.

People learn about climate change from different places, from the events they attend to published works they read or author. And everyone, from climate scientists to the general public, receives and processes climate information differently. This presentation looks at the different ways in which climate information is relayed and how effective those pathways are.

Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.

Kenneth Frank received his Ph.D. in measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis from the School of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993. He is currently a professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education as well as in Fisheries and Wildlife and adjunct in Sociology at Michigan State University. His interests include the study of schools as social organizations and the social embeddedness of natural resource use. His publications include quantitative methods for representing relations among actors in a social network, robustness indices for inferences, and the effects of social capital in schools and other social contexts. Ken’s current projects include a study of the effects of the Michigan Merit Curriculum on educational outcomes and how knowledge about climate change diffuses to policy-makers and educators.

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at


Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8975,

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As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also helps manage online events like the Global Change, Local Impact climate webinar series.