I: TELI 2011 Research Guide

The TELI Research Guide provides several links to books, news/newspapers, articles and web resources to enhance your knowledge and ability to research environmental literacy. The guide was prepared by Regina Fisher Raboin, Environmental Science Research & Instruction Librarian at Tisch Library. If you have any questions, please contact her directly at Regina.Raboin(at)


MONDAY, MAY 23:  Introduction, Realities and Importance of Environmental Issues, Focus on Sustainable Agriculture

For Michael Reed’s talk on “Environmental issues: Past, Present and Future”

1. Frazier, J. G.  1997.  Sustainable Development: modern elixir or sack dress?  Environmental Conservation 24:182-193.

2. Gatto, M.  1995.  Sustainability: is it a well-defined concept? Ecological Applications 5:1181-1183.

3. Tilman, D., May, R., Lehman, C., & Nowak, M.  1994. Habitat Destruction and the extinction debt. Nature 371:65-66.

4. Turvey, S. T. (ed.)  2009.  Holocene Extinctions.  Oxford University Press. Find it at Tufts

For Tim Griffin’s talk on “The Realities of Sustainable Agriculture”

1. De Schutter, O. 2010. “Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” UN General Assembly.

2. Godfray, C., et al. 2010. “Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People” Science Volume 327.

3. Reganold, J., et al. 2011. “Transforming U.S. Agriculture” Science, Volume 332.

4. “Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century” Report In Brief from the National Academy of Sciences.

For Colin Orians talk on “Provocative Issues in Sustainable Agriculture”

1. Cattaneo, M., et al. 2006. “Farm-scale evaluation of the impacts of transgenic cotton on biodiversity, pesticide use, and yield” PNAS, Vol 103, No. 20.

2. Glover, Dominic. 2010.  “Exploring the Resilience of Bt Cotton’s ‘Pro-Poor Success Story’ International Institute of Social Studies, Development and Change, 41(6): 955–981.

3. Tabashnik, B. (2008) “Delaying insect resistance to transgenic crops” PNAS Vol. 105, No. 49.

Additional recommended readings for Monday:

Wise, Timothy High Food Price: Do Family Farmers Benefit? Available from:

Food security and biodiversity-Chappell-Lavalle. (Synopsis of article):

TUESDAY, MAY 24 – Perceptions of Environmental Issues, Media Views of Sustainable Agricultural Issues, Environmental Realities of Disease

For Wendy Wornham’s talk on “Realities of disease- the vaccination debates”

1. Wachter, Kerri (December 2009). “ Addressing Parental Concerns about Vaccines” Pediatric News.

2. Nield, Linda (September 2008). “Anti-Vaccine Media- Its Impact — and Strategies to Combat It” Consultant for Pediatricians.

3. Amer, Ahdi. (October 2009). “Point-Counterpoint: Responding to Common Reasons for Vaccine Refusal” Consultant for Pediatricians.

4. Poland, Gregory. (January 2011). “The Age Old Struggle Against the Antivaccinationists” The New England Journal Of Medicine.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 – Realities and perceptions of Disease as an Environmental Issue.  How Environmental Issues Play in the Press?

Kaufman, Leslie. “G.O.P. Push in States to Deregulate Environment,” The New York Times (April 15, 2011). Available from:

Smith, B and Brecherhttp, J. “Should we remain silent about climate change?” Available from:

For Aaron Bernstein’s talk on “Realities & Perceptions of disease as an environmental issues”

1. Chivian, E. and Bernstein, A. 2010. “How Our Health Depends on Biodiversity” Center for Health and the Global Environment: Harvard Medical School.

2. “Climate Change: The Public Health Response” American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2007.119362 March 2008, Vol 98, No. 3 | American Journal of Public Health 435-445. Find it at Tufts

3. Schwartz BS, Parker C, Glass TA, Hu H 2006. “Global Environmental Change: What Can Health Care Providers and the Environmental Health Community Do About It Now?” Environ Health Perspect 114:1807-1812. doi:10.1289/ehp.9313. Find it at Tufts

4. The Psychology of Climate Change  Communication

For Judy Layzer’s talk on “Environment & the Media”

1. Riley Dunlap and Aaron McCright, “A Widening Gap: Republican and Democratic Views on Climate Change,” Environment, September-October 2008. Available at

2. Judith Layzer, “Environmental Policy From 1980 to 2008: The Politics of Prevention,” in Brian J. Glenn and Steven M. Teles, Conservatism and American Political Development (OUP, 2009), pp. 223-260. Find it at Tufts

THURSDAY, MAY 26 – Educational Implementations of Environmental Issues

For Peter Levine and Shirley Mark’s talk on “Civic engagement, environmental issues and education”

Peruse the Tisch College/Lincoln Filene Center website & the Connecting with Communities portal to learn what others are doing across the campus.

Additional recommended website:

For Annie Soisson’s talk on “Assessment”

1. Team formation and ground rules

2. Effective Group Work for the College Classroom

3. Research Skill Development Framework

III: Recommended Readings by participants

1. “Don’t be Such a Scientist” – a book on communicating science to the public; by the guy who did the ‘Shifting Baselines’ video

2. “Last Chance to See” – the man who wrote ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ spends a year searching for endangered species with a scientist who writes for the public and works for the BBC<>

3.  “How we know what isn’t so” – a great book on why people believe what they do despite data to the contrary

4. “Made to Stick” – a fun and poignant book on what makes some ideas catch on while others die

Borrow from the Tufts Library<>

5. Here are 2 articles by a science reorter for the Guardian – The first is a spoof on how science is reported to the public – what’s wrong with science journalism – and the second is a follow up to it.  They are funny and brutal.

Original article:


6. A good source of plain-language information about diseases:

The Merck Manual of Medical Information, Home Edition


1. Toxic: (seg 1) (seg 2) (seg 3) (seg 4)

2. Producing Films

Bottled water:


Fryer to the Freeway:

BU Bio Lab:

Malden River:

3. Bio7 Films



Bat Decline:


Cape Wind and Birds:

Nuclear – is it OK:


Antibiotic Resistance:

4. Shifting Baselines: