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Chess, Caron
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Chess, Caron
Associate Professor

Phone: 732-932-9153

Ph. D., State University of New York, School of Environmental Science and Forestry

Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Risk Communication about environmental issues; Public Participation.
Teaching Areas
Public Participation and Environmental Policy, Environmental Communication (focusing on real-world skills), Interdisciplinary Graduate Classes.
Memberships and Professional Service
Member, National Academy of Sciences, Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, 2003-; President, Society for Risk Analysis, 2003-2004; Institute of Medicine committee on National Institutes of Health Priority-Setting, 1998; National Academy of Sciences Committee on risk characterization, Member; Editorial Boards of: Environmental Communication; Applied Environmental Education and Communication; Human Ecology Review; Risk Analysis; Former Director, Rutgers’ Center for Environmental Communication; Former chair, Montgomery Township Environmental Commission.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Acheive Results (STAR) Fellow 1996-1997.
Academic Interests and Plans
My current research interests include methods to evaluate public participation and study of the impact of organizational factors on public participation and risk communication. I am interested in exploring how communication and interactive processes facilitate problem-solving on a range of issues from watershed management to terrorism.