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ISTPP Director, Dr. Portney, Leads Study of Water-Energy-Food Nexus Governance

Led by ISTPP Director Dr. Portney, co-authors Dr. Vedlitz, Dr. Sansom, Dr. Berke, and doctoral candidate Mr. Daher delineate their article, “Governance of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: the Conceptual and Methodological Foundations for the San Antonio Region Case Study,” a strategy for conducting both applied and proof-of-concept research related to resource governance and policy systems and their influence on the water-food-energy nexus. [READ MORE]


Dr. Portney, ISTPP Director, Researches the Soil-Water-Food Nexus

Dr. Portney recently authored a chapter in the book, Global Soil Security, in which he reported his research on people’s awareness of the agriculture-water nexus. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Director Portney Leads Study on the Link Between Sustainable Cities and Healthy Cities

In their study, “Sustainable Cities and Healthy Cities: Are They the Same?”, Dr. Kent Portney, Director of ISTPP, and Dr. Garett Sansom, Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, fill a critical gap in the literature on the relationship between sustainability policies and health outcomes. [READ MORE]


Dr. Portney et al. Publish on Food-Energy-Water Nexus Awareness in Environment & Behavior

Dr. Portney and his co-authors have published the first quantitative study on the public’s awareness of the food-energy-water nexus (FEW). [READ MORE]


Dr. Portney and Dr. Hannibal Co-Author Paper for Dresden Nexus Conference

Mathew Kurian, Kent E. Portney, Gerhard Rappold, Bryce Hannibal, and Solomon H. Gebrechorkos have co-authored a paper that will be presented at the Dresden Nexus Conference to be held in Germany May 17-19, 2017. [READ MORE]


Dr. Bryce Hannibal Presents Research on Food Waste in the Context of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

In his study, “Throwing It Out: Introducing a Nexus Perspective in Examining Citizen Perceptions of Organization Food Waste in the U.S.,” Dr. Hannibal explores public concern about food waste and what, if anything, they want done about it. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Director Portney Studies the Effect of Local Tea Parties on City Sustainability Policies

Dr. Portney and his co-author, Dr. Jeffrey Berry, have analyzed the influence of local Tea Parties efforts to block sustainability initiatives by cities. To ascertain the impact of such Tea Party actions, the researchers relied on several sources of data. [READ MORE]


Sansom Presents Transboundary Water Governance Research at Several Conferences

Lindsay Sansom, doctoral candidate in Ecosystem Science & Management at Texas A&M and Coordinator for the interdisciplinary U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Water Governance Project, presented two research studies at the World Water Congress XVI in Cancun, Mexico. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Welcomes New Fellows in Community Resilience and Homeland Security

The ISTPP Fellows program recognizes individuals who have made or are committed to making significant contributions to the development of the Institute and to its mission, aims, and objectives. [READ MORE]


Dr. Liu Gave Invited Lectures at Peking University

Invited by the School of Government of Peking University, Dr. Xinsheng Liu, ISTPP Research Scientist and Assistant Director, gave a series of lectures on recent advancements in public policy theory and research during his visit to China in late May 2017. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Researchers Publish Book on Trust in Government

Arnold Vedlitz, Director Emeritus and Distinguished Research Scholar for ISTPP, and ISTPP Research Fellows Scott E. Robinson and James W. Stoutenborough, in their book Understanding Public Trust: Environmental Sustainability, Fracking, and Public Opinion in American Politics, provide a framework for a more complex and nuanced understanding of government trust than was available previously. [READ MORE]


Hannibal Presents Research at Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association

How do natural elements such as environmental hazards and disasters effect individuals’ attitudes and behaviors about water management? Dr. Hannibal examines this question using quantitative data from ISTPP’s representative national public opinion survey on the water-energy-food nexus combined with data from three different sources that provide information about local drought, crop damage, earthquakes, and floods. [READ MORE]


Dr. Bullock and Dr. Vedlitz Publish ISTPP Energy Framing Study in Review of Policy Research

In their new article, Dr. Bullock and Dr. Vedlitz explore the moderating role perceived knowledge plays in influencing emphasis framing. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Research Fellows, Dr. Vedlitz and Dr. Stoutenborough, Publish in Water Policy

Dr. Vedlitz, ISTPP Director Emeritus and Distinguished Research Scholar, Dr. Stoutenborough, ISTPP Senior Research Fellow, and Mr. Mahafza, a graduate student at Auburn University, examine the role of proximity to major water sources in Texan’s perceptions of risk of water scarcity. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Welcomes Dr. Hilderbrand as Research Fellow

Dr. Mary Hilderbrand, a senior lecturer in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, has been appointed a Research Fellow of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. [READ MORE]


Research by Drs. Bowman, Portney, and Berry Presented at 2017 SPSA Conference

Dr. Kent Portney, ISTPP Director, presented research on the relationships between measures of multilevel governance and the pursuit of sustainability by large US cities at the recently concluded SPSA conference. [READ MORE]


Dr. Xinsheng Liu Receives PESCA Funding on Digital Divide and Health Disparities

ISTPP Research Scientist and Assistant Director Xinsheng Liu received PESCA funding in the amount of $25,000 to support his research project. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Welcomes New Research Fellow

ISTPP welcomes Dr. Gabriel Eckstein as a Research Fellow. Dr. Eckstein is a Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law and serves as a faculty member of the Texas A&M Water Management and Hydrological Science Graduate Faculty as well as the Texas A&M Energy Institute. [READ MORE]


Dr. Liu and Dr. Vedlitz Publish in Governance

Xinsheng Liu, ISTPP Assistant Director and Research Scientist, Arnold Vedlitz, Professor and ISTPP Distinguished Research Scholar, along with Institute Research Fellow James Stoutenborough, have published their research paper, “Bureaucratic Expertise, Overconfidence, and Policy Choice,” in Governance. [READ MORE]


Dr. Xinsheng Liu Participates in International Symposium on Governance

As an invited speaker, ISTPP Research Scientist and Assistant Director, Xinsheng Liu, participated in the International Symposium on Governance Innovation. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Researchers Switzer and Vedlitz Publish in Environment & Behavior

David Switzer, ISTPP Predoctoral Research Fellow, and Arnold Vedlitz, Professor and ISTPP Distinguished Research Scholar, have published their research on how worldviews condition the way individuals process information about their local environment. [READ MORE]


Dr. Portney and Dr. Bowman Present ISTPP Research about Nexus at National Conference

The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy conducted in 2015 the first of its kind national public opinion survey that explores the American public’s awareness, concerns, and attitudes, risk perceptions, and policy preferences about the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. [READ MORE]


ISTPP’s Hannibal Presents Research at American Sociological Association Conference

Bryce Hannibal, ISTPP post-doctoral research associate, presented several papers at the American Sociological Association annual conference held in Seattle, WA August 20-23, 2016. Both papers are based on ISTPP’s national representative public opinion survey on the water-energy-food nexus (May 2015). [READ MORE]


ISTPP’s Hannibal, Liu, and Vedlitz Publish in Environmental Sociology

ISTPP Researchers Bryce Hannibal, Xinsheng Liu, and Arnold Vedlitz extend our understanding of factors that influence an individual’s environmental concern. [READ MORE]


Portney Appointed New Director of Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Dr. Kent E. Portney, professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, has been appointed director of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Bush School. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Welcomes New Research Fellows

ISTPP welcomes two new Research Fellows – Dr. Weihsueh Chiu and Dr. Johanna Dunaway.
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ISTPP Fellow Bryan Jones Delivers Keynote Speech to International Conference on Public Policy; ISTPP Assistant Director Xinsheng Liu Presents Research at the Conference

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Xinsheng Liu Presents Research at China Foreign Affairs University

ISTPP Research Scientist and Assistant Director, Xinsheng Liu, was invited to give a talk on his research “A Quantitative Account of News Media and Presidential Perceptions of China: 1979-Present” to the faculty and graduate students at the China Foreign Affairs University on June 11, 2016.
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ISTPP Research on Energy Knowledge and Risk Perceptions Published in Energy Policy

ISTPP Senior Research Fellow James Stoutenborough and Director Arnold Vedlitz have published their exploration of how levels of understanding of specific energy technologies may produce different assessments of the risks of those technologies.
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Xinsheng Liu and Arnold Vedlitz Publish in Policy Studies Journal

ISTPP Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu and Director Arnold Vedlitz, along with Institute Senior Research Fellow Scott Robinson, have published their article, “Public Problem Characterization, Policy Solution Generation, and Intra-Agenda Connectivity,” in Policy Studies Journal.
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Dr. Arnold Vedlitz and ISTPP Research Fellows Examine the Framing Effects of “Fracking”

In this study, Dr. Vedlitz and his co-authors, Dr. Stoutenborough and Dr. Robinson, use data from ISTPP’s 2012 National Energy Policy Survey to ascertain whether the words used to name a process used to extract natural gas from underground rock formations influences a person’s attitudes and policy preferences toward this particular technique.
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ISTPP Research on the Role of Public Discourse in Climate Change Debate Published in Society & Natural Resources

Brian Shreck, ISTPP Fellow, and Arnold Vedlitz, ISTPP Director, have analyzed the role of public discourse in the public’s debate on climate change. They find that higher levels of self-reported knowledge, that is how knowledgeable people believe themselves to be about climate change, lead to stronger beliefs on whether human-caused climate change exists.
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Bush School Faculty and ISTPP Researchers Present at Nexus Conference

Professor Kent Portney chaired a symposium on “Public Opinion and Food-Water-Energy Nexus Policy,” at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment January 21, 2016, in Washington, DC.
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ISTPP Research on Motivated Reasoning and Water Scarcity Presented at SPSA Conference

David Switzer, ISTPP Predoctoral Research Associate, presented, “Local Issue Severity and Ideological Worldviews: Motivated Reasoning in the Case of Water Scarcity” at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 7–9, 2016.
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Bush School Researchers Report Findings on Connections between Water, Energy, & Food Policy Concerns

Issues related to water, energy, and food (WEF) form a highly connected nexus; and combatting pressing issues related to any one of the resources requires a better understanding of these nexus relationships by policymakers and the public.
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ISTPP Researchers Study Climate Change Attitudes among Gulf Coast Stakeholders

In this study, ISTPP Senior Research Fellow, James Stoutenborough, and ISTPP Director, Arnold Vedlitz, study stakeholders’ attitudes about climate change and the influence of knowledge levels, information sources, and institutional settings on these attitudes.
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ISTPP Researchers Examine Public’s Perceptions of Climate Change Health Risks

In this study, a team of ISTPP researchers examines the public’s perceptions of the health risk posed by climate change.
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ISTPP Research Analyzes Climate Scientists’ Participation in Environmental Interest Groups

ISTPP Director Vedlitz and his co-authors, Drs. Bromely-Trujillo and Stoutenborough, have published their research about the level of involvement climate scientists have with environmental interest groups in Climatic Change.
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ISTPP Researchers Examine General and Specific Risk Assessments about Climate Change

In this study, ISTPP Senior Research Fellow, James Stoutenborough, ISTPP Director, Arnold Vedlitz, and Bush School graduate, Xin Xing, analyze the drivers of the public’s risk perceptions related to climate change risk.
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Article by Bush School Scholars Ranks High in Online Readership

An article by ISTPP Associate Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu and Director Arnold Vedlitz, along with Institute Senior Fellows James Stoutenborough and Scott Robinson, in the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change has been ranked one of the most widely read articles online by Altmetric, an organization that measures scholarly articles’ digital impact and reach.
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ISTPP Research about Climate Scientists Published in Journal of Public Policy

Institute Director Vedlitz along with Senior Fellow, James Stoutenborough, and Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo have published their article, “How to Win Friends and Influence People: Climate Scientists’ Perspectives on their Relationship with and Influence on Government Officials,” in the Journal of Public Policy.
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ISTPP Research on Climate Change Presented at Multiple Conferences

Using data collected under two different Institute studies, ISTPP researchers and fellows presented their findings at three major conferences this past spring term..
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ISTPP Welcomes New Researcher – Dr. Bryce Hannibal

The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy welcomes Dr. Bryce Hannibal as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Dr. Hannibal’s academic interests include economic sociology, social networks and network analysis, social policy, innovation and creativity, and environmental sociology..
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ISTPP Researchers Examine Predictors of Perceived Climate Change Risk and Support for Management Programs

ISTPP Senior Fellow Jeryl L. Mumpower, Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu and Director Arnold Vedlitz recently published their article, “Predictors of the Perceived Risk of Climate Change and Preferred Resource Levels for Climate Change Management Programs,” in Journal of Risk Research.
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ISTPP Researchers Present Energy Policy Studies at Multiple Conferences

ISTPP staff, fellows, and other researchers presented recently completed studies at various academic conferences earlier this year. Their research uses results from the Institute’s 2012 National Energy Policy Survey.
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ISTPP Researchers Analyze Congressional Testimonies on Global Warming and Climate Change

ISTPP Associate Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu and Director Arnold Vedlitz, along with Institute Senior Fellows James Stoutenborough and Scott Robinson, have published their article, “Scientists’ Views and Positions on Global Warming and Climate Change: A Content Analysis of Congressional Testimonies,” in Climatic Change.
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ISTPP Researches Scientists’ Views on Communicating Climate Change Risk

ISTPP Director, Arnold Vedlitz, and other ISTTP researchers – Senior Fellow James Stoutenborough, former student worker Nick Fette, and Research Associate Carol Goldsmith, have published their article, “Understanding the Communication of Climate Change Risk: Climate Scientists’ Perspectives of Media Sources and Policy Makers” in Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy.
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ISTPP Director Vedlitz and Co-authors Published in Energy

Director Vedlitz along with ISTPP Fellow, James Stoutenborough, and Liu Shi (former ISTPP Research Associate) have published their article, “Probing Public Perceptions on Energy: Support for a Comparative, Deep-Probing Survey Design for Complex Issue Domains,” in Energy.
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ISTPP Article Explores Public Support for Energy Policies

Director of the Institute, Arnold Vedlitz, ISTPP Fellow James W. Stoutenborough, and Associate Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu have published their article, “The Influence of Specific Risk Perceptions on Public Policy Support: An Examination of Energy Policy,” in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
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Liu and Vedlitz Publish in RHCPP

ISTPP Associate Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu and Director Arnold Vedlitz, along with former ISTPP Post-Doctorate Research Associate Hyung Sam Park, have published their article, “Analyzing Climate Change Debates in the U.S. Congress: Party Control and Mobilizing Networks,” in Risks, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy.
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ISTPP Researchers Published in Review of Policy Research

ISTPP Director Vedlitz, ISTPP Fellow James Stoutenborough, and Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo have published their article, “Public Support for Climate Change Policy: Consistency in the Influence of Values and Attitudes over Time and Across Specific Policy Alternatives,” in Review of Policy Research.
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ISTPP Director Vedlitz and Senior ISTPP Research Fellow Robinson Share Herbert Kaufman Award

Scott Robinson accepted the 2014 Herbert Kaufman Best Paper Award at the American Political Science Association’s annual conference held August 27- 31 in Washington, DC. Dr. Robinson, associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, and Dr. Vedlitz, professor and executive associate dean of the Bush School, received the award for their paper, “Organizational Trust and Risk Communication: Trust in the EPA and Opposition to Fracking.”
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ISTPP Predoctoral Research Associate Receives Energy Institute Fellowship

Brian Shreck has been a predoctoral research associate for ISTTP since the fall of 2013. Shreck, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science, has presented ISTPP research at several academic conferences this past year and will submit additional papers for consideration at upcoming conferences.
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ISTPP Researchers Published in Review of Policy Research

ISTPP Director Vedlitz, along with ISTPP Fellows Douglas Oxley and Sammy Zahran, and co-authors Jermy Books and Charles Lindsey, have published their article, “Abnormal Daily Temperature and Concern about Climate Change Across the United States,” in Review of Policy Research.
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ISTPP Researchers Published in Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy

ISTPP Director Arnold Vedlitz, along with ISTPP Associate Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu and ISTPP Fellow James Stoutenborough have published their article, “Trends in Public Attitudes Toward Climate Change: The Influence of the Economy and Climategate on Risk, Information, and Public Policy,” in Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy.
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ISTPP Researchers Published in Policy Studies Journal

ISTPP Director Vedlitz, along with ISTPP Fellows B. Dan Woods and Douglas Oxley, have published their article, “The Effect of Persuasive Messages on Policy Problem Recognition,” in Policy Studies Journal.
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ISTPP Research Presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference

ISTPP researchers presented three papers at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in April.
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ISTPP Research Presented at Western Political Science Association

Brian Shreck, ISTPP pre-doctoral research associate, presented a paper co-authored with ISTPP Director, Arnold Vedlitz, at the annual conference of the Western Political Science Association in Seattle, WA on April 18, 2014.
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ISTPP Research Presented at American Political Science Association

Scott Robinson, ISTPP Fellow, presented a paper co-authored with ISTPP Director, Arnold Vedlitz, at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association in Chicago, IL on August 29, 2013.
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Vedlitz to Co-direct Community Outreach Engagement Core (COEC) on Environmental Health

Dr. Arnie Vedlitz, executive associate dean of the Bush School and director of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, will serve as co-director of the Community Outreach Engagement Core (COEC) for the Center for Translational Environmental Health Research (CTEHR) recently announced by Texas A&M University.
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ISTPP Researchers Published in Environmental Science & Policy

ISTPP Assistant Director, Xinsheng Liu, and Director, Arnold Vedlitz, along with co-author Liu Shi, have published their article, “Examining the Determinants of Public Environmental Concern: Evidence from National Public Surveys” in Environmental Science & Policy.
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ISTPP Director Published in Politics, Groups, and Identities

Arnold Vedlitz along with his co-authors, including ISTPP Fellow James Stoutenborough, have published their article, “Climate Scientists and Environmental Interest Groups: The Intersection of Expertise and Advocacy” in Politics, Groups, and Identities.
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ISTPP Fellow and Director Published in Water Resources Management

ames W. Stoutenborough and Arnold Vedlitz have just had their article, “Public Attitudes towards Water Management and Drought in the United States” made available online by Water Resources Management.
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ISTPP Welcomes Tabitha S. M. Morton as Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Morton joins ISTPP as a key member of the Institute’s research team.
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ISTPP Fellow and Director Published in Environmental Science & Policy

James W. Stoutenborough, Assistant Professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville and ISTPP Fellow, along with Arnold Vedlitz, ISTPP Director, have published in Environmental Science & Policy.
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