2017 Dates and Speakers 

All sessions except the introductory session will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m (the introductory session begins at 6 pm) at Loyola University New Orleans in Room 304 in the Communications/Music Complex at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street. When you reach the third floor, please walk straight down the hall away from the elevators (note the 300 numbered rooms).

September 5 - Introductory Workshop
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., LUCEC
Introductory Workshop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sets the stage for our discussions and helps us frame our approach.  Food will be served.

September 12 - Talkin' Coast, Talkin' Water, Talkin' Water Law, Talkin' Policy
Mark Davis,
IEC Fellow 1999, Senior Research Fellow & Director, Tulane Institute of Water Resources Law & Policy
Elisa Speranza, Senior Vice President & Corporate DirectorCH2M

September 19 - Science - how does it work, what should we expect from it, why does it not get total acceptance?
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

September 26 -  Open discussion among participants on environmental communication topics of their choice.

October 3 - An Application of Community-based Participatory Research:  Dietary Health Risk Assessment following Environmental Disaster

Mark Wilson, Ph.D., Tulane School of Public Health

October 10 - Broadening the presentation:  documentaries, social networks, and government agents gaining trust in coastal communties.  

Kevin McCaffrey, IEC Fellow 2013, ePrime Media, documentarian and author

Amanda Moore, IEC Fellow 2009, National Wildlife Federation, 

Randy Gaudet, Agent, Louisiana Sea Grant, L.S.U.


October 17 - "Cancer Alley:"  What we know, what we are told, and questions that need to be answered. 

Suzanne C. Straif-Bourgeois, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, L.S.U. School of Public Health & Tumer Registry

October 24 - Global Climate Change, Ozone Management, Global Challenges, Global Solutions & The Process of Science Behind the Scenes

Paul W. Barnes, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences & Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J., Endowed Chair in Envionmental Science, Loyola University New Orleans

Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Mass Communication & Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans


*October 31 - No IEC - Halloween

November 7 - Reporting on the Louisiana Environment

Mark Schleifstein, IEC Fellow 2011, Environment Reporter, Times-Picayune

November 14 -  Closing Gathering - Discussion of What Transpired & The Path Forward

Bob Thomas