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Name: David Hassenzahl, PhD
Member Since: September 28th, 2006
Member Name: David.hassenzahl
Last Logged In: June 5th, 2013
Location: Pittsburgh, PA


David M. Hassenzahl, PhD, Dean of the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University, is an internationally recognized scholar of sustainability and risk analysis. Dr. Hassenzahl has spent more than two decades addressing subjects as diverse as climate change, energy, toxic chemicals, and public health, and has presented on these topics on three continents. His research focuses on incorporating scientific information and expertise into public decisions, with particular emphasis on the management, interpretation, and communication of uncertainty. Among his many publications are Environment, with Peter Raven and Linda Berg and Should We Risk It, co-authored with Daniel M. Kammen. He holds a BA in Environmental Science and Paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from Princeton University. Dr. Hassenzahl’s efforts in climate change education have been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and recognition for his educational work includes the Society for Risk Analysis Outstanding Educator Award and the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a Senior Fellow of the National Council for Science and the Environment, through which he is part of a team building a website and portal for climate change education, the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL) project. He is past secretary of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, which he helped to found, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and the Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response. From 2000 – 2010, Dr. Hassenzahl was Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Department Chair in the Environmental Studies Program (now the School of Environmenal and Public Policy) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Hassenzahl worked in the private sector as an environmental manager at a pulp and paper mill, and in the public sector as an inspector for the (San Francisco) Bay Area Air Quality Management District.