Risk and crisis communication, science communication, public relations. Director, Science Communication Graduate Certificate
Rowan, K. E., Engblom, A., Hathaway, J., Lloyd, R., Engblom, A., Vorster, I., … Akerlof, K. L. (in progress). Science communication as strategic communication: Applying the CAUSE Model to communicate climate change. In C. H. Botan (Ed.), The International Handbook of Strategic Communication. NY: Wiley-Blackwell.
Principal investigator. Science communication education for VASG Fellows. Funded, Virginia Sea Grant, 2013-2017, $56,000.
Co-principal investigator, National Science Foundation, Enabling TV meteorologists to provide viewers with climate change-related science education based on ISE “best practices.” 2009-2011, $1 million.
Rowan, K. E., Kotcher, J., Walsh-Thomas, J., Baldwin, P., Trowbridge, J., Thaker, J. T., Witte, J., Klinger, B. A., Cohen, L., Tresch, C., & Maibach, E. W. (in press). Best practices of “innovator” TV meteorologists who act as climate change educators. In D. O’Hair (Ed.), Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment. London: Routledge.
Jacobsen, K. H., Aguirre, A. A., Bailey, C. L., Baranova, A. V., Crooks, A. T., Croitoru, A., Delamater, P. L., Gupta, J., Kehn-Hall, K., Narayanan, A., Pierobon, M., Rowan, K. E., Schwebach, J. R., Seshaiyer, P., Sklarew, D. M., Stefanidis, A., & Agouris, P. (2016). Lessons from the Ebola outbreak: Ten action items for emerging infectious disease preparedness and response. Ecohealth, 13 (1), 200-212.
Akerlof, K. L., Rowan, K. E., La Porte, T., Batten, B. K., Ernst, H., & Sklarew, D. M. (2016). Risky business: Engaging the public on sea level rise and inundation, Environmental Science and Policy, 66, 314-323.
Rowan, K. E. (2015). Why some health risks upset us and others do not: Risk perception and risk communication. Spectra, magazine of the National Association of Communication, March, 51 (1).
Akerlof, K. L., Rowan, K. E., Fitzgerald, D., & Cedeno, A. Y. (2012). Communicating climate projections in U. S. media: Politicization of model uncertainty. Nature Climate Change, 2, http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate1542.html
Rowan, K. E., Botan, C. H., Kreps, G. L., Samoilenko, S., & Farnsworth, K. (2009). Risk communication education for local emergency managers: Using the CAUSE Model for research, education, and outreach (pp. 168-191). In R. Heath & H. D. O’Hair (Eds.), Handbook of crisis and risk communication. New York: Taylor & Francis.
Rowan, K. E. (2003). Informing and explaining skills: Theory and research on informative communication. In J. O. Greene & B. R. Burleson (Eds.), The handbook of communication and social interaction skills (pp. 403-438). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.