When Two Paradigms Are Better Than One

By: Dr. Susan Jasko

In many regions of the United States, it is severe weather season. Traveling around the country, you might find yourself facing tropical storms, intense straight-line winds, a derecho, flooding, hail large enough to demand you wear a helmet, lightning, and of course, tornadoes. And just when you thought it was safe to enjoy summer!

In the weather community, many professionals from a wide range of positions both public and private have their eyes and thoughts focused on the communication challenges created by the act of weather forecasting. Small wonder given the formidable list of hazards covered in those forecasts. Nature has the upper hand and sometimes the best thing we can do is duck. But we have to know WHEN to do that.

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If A Good Forecast is the Answer, What Is the Question? Part 1

By: Dr. Susan Jasko

I have been teaching at the university level for more than 25 years now. I have taught first year students, seniors, graduate students, community college students, and returning adults. I have taught skills-based courses, such as public speaking and public relations, and theory heavy courses, such as interpersonal communication, semiotics, language and behavior, gender and communication, and decision-making. And hybrid courses, such as persuasion and oral interpretation. I have taught at public and private institutions. I have taught thousands of students.

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A Code to Go By

By: Dr. Susan Jasko

As a child of the 70’s, the lyrics of Teach Your Children Well, by Graham Nash came immediately to mind as I thought about what we wanted and needed to say about our expectations of ourselves and of others here on this blog. Nash wrote, “You, who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by…”. This resonates in several key ways for us as we discussed our aims and hopes for launching this communication effort. We vary in background and education, but share an interest in weather and climate matters, including the communication of scientific information to others. That is, to be more precise, we share a concern for the ethical, efficacious, and timely communication of such information.

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