Law article on communicating risk features Knight Center faculty


David Poulson

An article on the ethics of communicating scientific uncertainty published in the February issue of Environmental Law Reporter features Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson.
The article is based in part on his presentation at a National Science Foundation conference for scientists, lawyers and journalists and organized by the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C.

Poulson gave a journalists’ perspective on communicating uncertainty.
Also featured in the article is George Gray, professor at George Washignton University Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, who gave the scientist’s perspective. Jim Hilbert, professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, gave the lawyer’s point of view.
Poulson’s presentation referenced research by Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and by the university’s department of geology.
The publication also ran a graphic created by Knight Center doctoral student Kanni Huang and that illustrated her research on the barriers to climate change reporting faced by reporters in the Great Lakes region.