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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. Bullock 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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Dr. Xinsheng Liu Attends Beijing Forum and Presents Research Co-authored with Dr. Ren Mu

Dr. Liu attended the Beijing Forum 2013 in China and presented research co-authored with Dr. Ren Mu, entitled “Chinese Public Concerns for Environmental Protection: Evidence from National Survey Data.”
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ISTPP Former Postdoc and Director Published in Texas Water Journal

James W. Stoutenborough, Assistant Professor at University of Alabama Huntsville and former ISTPP Postdoctoral Research Associate, and Arnold Vedlitz, ISTPP Director, published timely information concerning Texans’ attitudes toward water management issues and support for government action to support large-scale infrastructure projects to address those issues.
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ISTPP Former Postdoc and Director Published in Energy Policy and Nonprofit Policy Forum

Stoutenborough, Assistant Professor at University of Alabama Huntsville and former ISTPP Postdoctoral Research Associate, along with Sturgess, ISTPP Student Worker and Political Science Undergraduate Student, and Vedlitz, ISTPP Director, have recently published in Energy Policy.
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ISTPP Director Presents Results of Water Survey to Texas State Leaders

On April 26, 2013, Dr. Arnold Vedlitz presented results from the Institute's water policy survey of Texans conducted in February and March of this year to Texas state leaders.
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ISTPP Researchers Publish in Risk Analysis

The authors used data from a national survey of US adults to assess perceived risks and willingness to pay for four terrorist threats: poisoned water supply; explosion of a small nuclear device in a major US city; an airplane attack similar to 9/11; and explosion of a bomb in a building, train, subway, or highway.
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ISTPP Postdoc Stoutenborough Presents New Research at Political Science Conferences

James W. Stoutenborough, ISTPP Postdoctoral Research Associate, presented two papers at the 71st annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, held April 11-14, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.
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ISTPP Climate Change Research Published in Sociological Spectrum

ISTPP former Postdoc Sam Park and ISTPP Director Arnold Vedlitz published their research about climate hazards and risk status in Sociological Spectrum.
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ISTPP Research Presented at Smart Grid Workshop

Results of collaborative research by ISTPP Director Arnold Vedlitz, former Associate Director Eric Lindquist, and Ivan Damnjanovic (civil engineering) were presented at the Smart Grid Workshop: Opportunities and Challenges, held April 17, 2013, at Texas A&M University.
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ISTPP Director Vedlitz Featured in Texas A&M's Online Magazine

Dr. Vedlitz has been honored with several articles in TAMUTIMES, the on-line Texas A&M University magazine.
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ISTPP Remembers Research Colleague, Paul A. Sabatier, 1944-2013

Paul A. Sabatier died February 3, 2013 after a long illness. Dr. Sabatier was a key contributor and member of a multidisciplinary team on an ISTPP EPA-funded watershed management project.
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ISTPP Research Based on NOAA Grants Published in Journal of Theoretical Politics

ISTPP Director, Dr. Arnold Vedlitz; his ISTPP colleague, Dr. Xinsheng Liu; former ISTPP graduate student, Charles Lindsey (now with STATA Corp); and the late ISTPP Fellow, Dr. Melvin J. Hinich recently published "Beyond the Left-Right Cleavage: Exploring American Political Choice Space" in the Journal of Theoretical Politics.
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ISTPP Postdoc Stoutenborough Presents Research

James W. Stoutenborough, ISTPP Postdoctoral Research Associate, has presented nine papers at conferences over the past year, eight of which come out of Institute research projects and data.
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ISTPP and Energy Institute Energy Survey in the News

Results from ISTPP's National Public Energy Survey have drawn the attention of the media.
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ISTPP Researcher Liu Presents at Beijing Forum 2012

Dr. Xinsheng Liu, ISTPP Associate Research Scientist, attended the Beijing Forum held in China on November 1-4, 2012.
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