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Dec 02, 2015, 16:50 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Climate Change Is Society's Greatest Danger
  • Don't Lose the Forest for the Trees Listening to Fed Language
  • Fear Will Cause More Health Damage Than Will Ebola
  • The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
  • Why Donald Trump's Popularity Continues to Grow Despite Controversial Statements


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  • News Production Assistant – KVAL-TV (OR)
  • Newscast Director – WGME-TV (ME)


  • 7 Ways to Develop Relevant and Interesting Blog Topics
  • Media 411: Fact-Checking Your Work
  • Understanding Middlemen in Media


Climate Change Is Society's Greatest Danger
Dr. Beth A. Christensen
Associate Professor and Director, Environmental Studies Program
Adelphi University
"Climate change is the greatest danger facing society today. I am heartened by the leadership of President Obama in Paris and look forward to continued positive and progressive action from the United States. The future depends on it."
Christensen earned her Ph.D. in geology from the University of South Carolina, M.S. in geology from Rutgers University, and B.S. in geology from Cook College at Rutgers University. She is an expert on global warming and sustainability issues and has written several papers on geosciences and climate change for significant journals. She has conducted numerous research projects to boost climate change research and understand the alterations in marshland area within the South Shore estuary reserve on Long Island, impact on our shores after Hurricane Sandy, and advantages of scientific drilling to give a glimpse into Earth's development and response to climatic and tectonic forces, among others. In addition, she serves as chair of USAC, the advisory panel to the United States Science Support Program for scientific ocean drilling.
Contact: Kali Chan,

Don't Lose the Forest for the Trees Listening to Fed Language
Robert Johnson
Expert in Federal Reserve Policies and Market Behavior
"There are many pundits out there suggesting that if the Fed raises interest rates, it might signal good news to the markets because, as the logic goes, that shows that the Fed has faith in the economic recovery. That's not what the evidence shows in the past."
An expert in 25 years of Federal Reserve policies and attendant market fluctuations, Johnson can discuss using Fed policy as an investor's roadmap to creating a winning portfolio using Federal Reserve actions as the guiding star. In his new book, "Invest With the FED: Maximizing Portfolio Performance by Following Federal Reserve Policy," Johnson and his co-authors reveal direct connections between successful portfolio performance and Fed policy. He covers topics including how they classify Fed monetary policy periods; what makes a period and expansive period, restrictive period, or indeterminate period with respect to Fed policy; their basic findings with respect to the stock market; and everything you need to know about bonds, gold futures, ETFs, alternative assets, emerging markets, and risk. Their analysis extends beyond U.S. equity markets to include foreign equities of both emerging and developed markets, fixed income securities, real estate, and commodities. Johnson is the president and CEO of the American College of Financial Services and a director of RS Investment Management. He's been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, and in The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, USA Today, MarketWatch, Kiplinger's, and many more.
Contact: Ann Pryor,

Fear Will Cause More Health Damage Than Will Ebola
David Ropeik
Risk Psychology Expert
"Our gut reaction to fear makes us respond more emotionally than rationally -- when we're most prone to making knee-jerk reactions and assessments. Stress and fear dumb down our ability to reason, and worry short-circuits our brains. Worry is clinically equivalent to stress, and turns down the reasoning parts of cognition. In short, fear makes us stupid. The issues coming up in the aftermath of the Paris attacks -- terrorism, tribalism, civil liberties, air strikes, land wars -- are a direct result of our risk perception. Science explains why we tend to be most fearful and irrational after a frightening event, rather than measured, which explains much of the rhetoric we are hearing from politicians and pundits."
Ropeik is an author, consultant and speaker on risk communication and risk perception to government, business, trade associations, health care organizations, consumer groups, and educational institutions worldwide. He is an instructor in the Harvard University School of Continuing Education and a Psychology Today contributor. In his book, "How Risky Is It, Really?" he examines the elements of risk perception psychology and why our fears don't always match the facts.
Ropeik was an award-winning television reporter in Boston for 22 years, specializing in reporting on environment and science issues. He was a contributing expert to the Department of Homeland Security Task Force considering changes to the color-coded alert Homeland Security Advisory system, and served as the risk communication member of the congressionally mandated Veterans Affairs Board on Dose Reconstruction, which oversees the joint Department of Defense and Veteran's Administration program to compensate veterans exposed to nuclear radiation.
Contact: Ann Pryor,

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
Darlene Curley, MS, RN
Executive Director
Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
"In 2010, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a critically important 'snapshot' report of healthcare through the lens of the nursing profession. Much progress is being made against the recommendations spurred by the report, but more can and must be done to achieve the goals set forth five years ago. The Future of Nursing report has made an indelible impact -- it is a roadmap toward a better system; a unifying work for a large but fragmented profession with multiple entries to practice levels, myriad practice settings and numerous state licensing bodies; a common language for inter-professional discussion; and a catalyst for communication and collaboration. At this pivotal point in American healthcare, it is crucial that we work together to fully achieve the recommendations."
In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the IOM to convene a committee to assess progress made on implementing The Future of Nursing report recommendations and identify areas that should be emphasized over the next five years. The committee's findings will be released on Friday, Dec. 4. Curley provided expert testimony to the committee and is available to comment on recommendations and areas that the Jonas Center believes should be emphasized over the next five years.
Contact: Lauren Browdy,

Why Donald Trump's Popularity Continues to Grow Despite Controversial Statements
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
Donald Trump is the undisputed leader of the Republican presidential field, and his lead has grown over the past month while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's numbers have plummeted. Trump is the first choice of 27% of Republican primary voters nationally, according to a new survey from Quinnipiac University. It's his best showing in the poll since August and a three-point increase from last month. Says Dr. Birnbaum: "Millions of Americans who are currently supporting Trump may not even be too thrilled with him as a person. They are supporting him because they feel he could be a person capable of turning the country around. They are also supporting him because they don't have confidence in America's current leadership. Supporting Trump is a means to vent their frustration on the establishment. America appears hungry for strong leadership, and for right now, Trump is fulfilling that need."
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,



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