On The Radio – CGRER honored by Iowa United Nations Association


CGRER Co-director Jerry Schnoor (left) and newly appointed Iowa United Nations Association President John Frazier during an award ceremony in Cedar Rapids on May 14, 2016. (Nick Fetty/CGRER)
CGRER Co-director Jerry Schnoor (left) and newly appointed Iowa United Nations Association President John Fraser during an award ceremony in Cedar Rapids on May 14, 2016. (Nick Fetty/CGRER)
Nick Fetty | May 23, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment discusses a recent award CGRER received for its communication and outreach efforts on behalf of the scientific community. 

Transcript: CGRER honored by Iowa United Nations Association

The University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, or CGRER, was recognized by the Iowa United Nations Association for its communications and outreach efforts.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

CGRER director Jerry Schnoor accepted the Garst Media Award for the Iowa Environmental Focus, CGRER’s blog devoted to environmental news and research. Schnoor along with CGRER’s two journalism graduate students attended the COP21 climate conference in Paris last December and produced daily video recaps and other blog posts to connect Iowans to the international climate discussion. In addition to accepting the award, Schnoor presented on the climate conference and how to move forward.

Jim Olson, Executive Director of the Iowa United Nations Association, said he thinks journalists and other writers play an important role in sharing complicated scientific material with the general public.

Olson: “Journalists really have an important role in serving as a bridge between scientists and the general public. It’s a very important role because a lot of members of the general public are not particularly literate in scientific matters, and so when journalists can take scientific research and translate it into terms that the public can understand and absorb, that is really an important function.”

The award was presented during a ceremony earlier this month in Cedar Rapids.

For more information about this award and about CGRER’s efforts, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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