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Watch for Us September 27th on MPBN!

SSI is the subject of Sustainable Maine, a forthcoming documentary series on Maine Public Television. The first documentary, The Triple Bottom Line features SSI researchers Teresa Johnson and Gayle Zydlewski, who are collaborating on sustainable tidal power in Eastport, and Jessica Leahy, who is working with small family forest owners on sustainable woodlands. The second episode titled Desperate Alewives features a collaborative SSI research team from Bates and Bowdoin colleges and the University of Southern Maine led by John Lichter (Bowdoin). The team is focused on the ecological and economic recovery of the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers and the impact that alewife restoration may play in that recovery.

MPBN will air the first two episodes on September 27th at 8:00 and 8:30pm respectively.

See here for additional information about Sustainable Maine.

Robert Kates Edits New Reader on Sustainability Science

The field of sustainability science recently took a leap forward with a new online reader edited by SSI advisory board chair Robert W. Kates. Readings in Sustainability Science and Technology provides the first systematic introduction to the key concepts in sustainability science and examples of solutions from around the world. Published by the Center for International Development at Harvard University, the reader can be downloaded at

Risk Communication Expert Delivers Mitchell Lecture on October 13

Baruch Fischhoff, a cognitive psychologist and professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, will present the 2011 Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability on Thursday, October 13, at 12:00 pm at Wells Conference Center, UMaine, Orono. Fischhoff will discuss his research on using “non-persuasive communication” to explain science to the public in ways that help people make more informed decisions about complex issues.

Fischhoff, whose leadership roles include chairing the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and serving on the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board and chairing its Homeland Security Advisory Committee, focuses on helping the public understand and respond to health and environmental risks. His research interests include establishing a new interdisciplinary approach to communicating science to the public.

Click here for additional information on the Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability.

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