Callison, Candis - Journalism

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Journalism, UBC School of; Science Journalism Research Group
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University of British Columbia
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North America
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Prof. Callison’s research interests include media change, public engagement on complex science and environment issues, and how new media is shaping the efforts and practices of science journalists, scientists, and social movements.
PHD Program: 
Program in Science, Technology, and Society
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Major Publications: 
- “Information is not the problem: spinning climate change, vernaculars, and emergent forms of life” MIT Doctoral Dissertation, 2010 - “Spinning climate change: how diverse social groups invest climate science with meaning” at Canadian Anthropology Society, Vancouver, BC, 2009. - “Engagement and the new media: Social affiliations provide more than a passing interest in how we act on issues,” Op-ed in The Vancouver Sun, 12 Feb 2009 - “Distorting the Climate Message,” review of “The Climate Cover-Up” in Nature, Vol 463, 4 January 2010. - “First First World: Indigenous Women and the Environment ” at the 2010 University of San Francisco Global Women’s Rights Forum. - “Translating Climate Change: Examining Meaning Making and Public Engagement” at 2010 NOW Climate Action Conference, UBC. - “De waarheid van de toekomst” (The Fate of Truth in Media) in Nexus 2009, No. 53.
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From 2000-02, Candis was selected by National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation as the CN Aboriginal Scholar, and in 2004-05, she was a Martin Family Fellow for Sustainability. Her doctoral research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine at MIT. Her professional background includes seven years of producing, writing, and reporting for television, the Internet, and radio in Canada (CBC, CTV, APTN) and the United States (Lycos, Tech TV). For her early work in media convergence, Candis was profiled in the 2003 book, Technology with Curves: Women Reshaping the Digital Landscape. Her independently produced 1995 film Traditional Renaissance was included in UBC Museum of Anthropology’s 2003-04 exhibition on Tahltan culture, Mehodihi: Our Great Ancestors Lived that Way.
Courses Taught: 
Critical Thinking in Science Journalism