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Energy and the Environment: Communication Challenges

For many communities, the environmental impacts of energy production create a unique paradox in that jobs are created by the same energy sources that can cause environmental harm. This public program is aimed at discussing how communication can help solve and/or contribute to environmental issues caused by energy creation and consumption. 

The event is sponsored by the National Communication Association and the WVU Department of Communication Studies

A reception will take place at 5 p.m. in the Mountainlair's Vandalia Lounge followed by the formal program at 6 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room. 

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LaKesha Anderson
LaKesha N. Anderson, PhD
Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, National Communication Association

LaKesha N. Anderson is the director of academic and professional affairs at the National Communication Association and a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Communication Program. Anderson holds a PhD from George Mason University. Her research on health, risk and crisis communication has been featured in several journals and books. Immediately prior to joining NCA, she was                                                   an assistant professor of communication at Indiana State University. 


Brian Ballentine
Brian Ballentine, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of English, West Virginia University

Brian Ballentine began his career as a software engineer and technical writer, working in the medical industry designing user interfaces for web-based radiology applications. His research has appeared in journals such as Technical Communication, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Computers and Composition and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. His article, “Rhetoric, Risk, and Hydraulic Fracturing: One Landowner’s Perspective,” will appear in a 2019 special issue of Communication Design Quarterly dedicated to environmental communication. 

Emily Corio
Emily Hughes Corio, MSJ
Teaching Associate Professor, Reed College of Media, West Virginia University

Emily Hughes Corio is a teaching associate professor in the Reed College of Media at WVU. She teaches journalism courses in audio and video reporting and leads a collaborative reporting project in which student journalists cover relevant issues in West Virginia. In 2018, the issue focus was the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Prior to joining the WVU faculty, Hughes Corio was Assistant News Director for public television and radio in West Virginia and worked as a journalist in the state for ten years.

Lou Martin
Lou Martin, PhD
Associate Professor of History and Chair of History and Political Science, Chatham University

Lou Martin is an associate professor of history at Chatham University and author of "Smokestacks in the Hills: Rural-Industrial Workers in West Virginia." He is a founding board member of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum and an                                                               honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America,                                                                     Local 1440. He has written on coal industry rhetoric and is                                                               currently researching the 1950s and 1960s collapse of the                                                               coalfield economy.

Peter Bsumek
Peter K. Bsumek, PhD
Professor, James Madison University

Peter Bsumek is a professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University, where he has served as director of the MA program in communication and advocacy and coordinator of the interdisciplinary environmental studies minor program. He is the 2014 recipient of the NCA Environmental Communication Division’s J. Robert Cox                                                                  Award for Environmental Communication and Civic                                                               Engagement. He has also won the Christine Oravec Research                                                               Award (2014) and the Tarla Peterson Award for the                                                               Environmental Communication Book of the Year (2016).                                                               Bsumek teaches courses in environmental communication,                                                               social movement rhetoric, advocacy and rhetoric.