Faculty in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences recognize we live in a global society where sensitivity to cultural factors is essential for positive affective, cognitive, social and health outcomes. Our scholars take their work across the world from the U.S. to Africa, Peru and more. Whether we're working with individuals on human-centered design to improve local farming practices, helping train journalists and scientists to understand each other and work together, or connecting with international partners to deliver education and training - our researchers are dedicated to improving our diverse and complex world.
We are committed to research that helps us understand similarities and differences within, between and across cultures.
Jennifer Olson is interested in the interaction between changes in the environment and society. Understanding the causes of environmental trends and how they affect society leads to important policy implications from the national to the international level, and she regularly works with policy makers, United Nations officials and others to develop effective methods of communicating science results.