Science & Perception

Communicating Environmental Issues with a Scientifically Semi-Literate Society

Dec. 4, 2014
10 a.m. (Central)

John Stier, Ph.D.

Public perception versus reality as it relates to turf management will be the focus of this 90-minute webcast taught by John Stier, Ph.D. Issues addressed will be use of pesticides, water quality, invasive species, and greenhouse gas emissions. Specific cases of perception versus reality of environmental issues related to turfgrass management will be covered, with background information about science and legal processes that are used but often misunderstood. You’ll learn from the cases discussed how various groups (municipal entities, politicians, etc.) may be approached to “win” a point which someday just might allow a golf course to keep doing business. Join us to learn more about how to communicate the science you use.

About the instructor

John StierJohn Stier, Ph.D., is the assistant dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Ohio State University and his doctorate at Michigan State University. Stier’s research revolves around various environmental issues and management of turfgrass (e.g., nutrient and pesticide fate, invasive grasses, carbon sequestration), shade and cold stress, herbicides, and weed management. Stier has lectured in Argentina on shaded turf and joined the GCSAA faculty in 2012.


Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $60
Chapter price: $100
Education points: 0.2

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