Chatham University

Sustainability (BSUS) Faculty and Staff

David Hassenzahl Ph.D.

David Hassenzahl

dhassenzahl@chatham.edu
Dean and Professor of Sustainability and the Environment
Hometown : Gibsonia, PA
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Sustainability, Environment, Risk Analysis, Energy, and Climate Change

Personal Areas of Interest

bicycling, running, music and cooking

Biography

David M. Hassenzahl is founding Dean of the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University. He is an internationally recognized scholar of sustainability and risk analysis, and has spent more than two decades addressing subjects as diverse as climate change, energy, toxic chemicals, and public health. 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 Should We Risk It, co-authored with Daniel M. Kammen, and Environment, with Peter Raven and Linda Berg. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. 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, and a founding member of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. From 2000 – 2010, Dr. Hassenzahl was Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Chair in the Department Environmental Studies Program 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.

Education

  • Ph.D. Princeton University, 2000, M.A. 1998. Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley, 1989. Environmental Science and Paleontology (Honors)

Publications

  • Black, B., Hassenzahl, D.M., Stephens, J., and Gift, N. (2013). Encyclopedia of Climate Change Volumes 1 – 4. ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Kiriscioglu, T, Hassenzahl, D.M, and Turan, B. (2013) “Urban and Rural Perception of Ecological Risks to Water Environments due to Interbasin Water Transfer in Southern and Southeastern/Eastern Nevada.” Journal of Environmental Psychology.
  • Dade A. and Hassenzahl, D.M. (2013). Communicating sustainability: a content analysis of website communications in the United States. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • Hassenzahl, D.M., Mehling, M. and Barazzone, E. (2013). “Integrating Sustainability throughout an Institution: Eden Hall Campus and the School of Sustainability and the Environment” In Leal, W. (Ed). Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. Peter Lang Scientific Publishers.
  • Hassenzahl, D. M., Berg, L. and Raven, P. (2012). Environment, 8th Edition. J. Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Hultman, Nathan E., Hassenzahl, David M. and Rayner, Steven. "Climate Risk. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 35: 283-303 (Volume publication date November 2010). First published online as a Review in Advance on August 17, 2010
  • Berg, L., Hager, M.C. and Hassenzahl, D. M. (2010). Visualizing Environmental Science, 3/e. J. Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Raven, P., Berg, L. and Hassenzahl, D. M. (2010). Environment, 7th Edition. J. Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Raven, P., Berg, L. and Hassenzahl, D. M. (2008). Environment, 6th Edition. J. Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Kammen, D. M. and Hassenzahl, D. M. (1999). Should We Risk It? Exploring Environmental, Health, and Technological Problem-Solving. Princeton University Press. Revised Paperback edition 2001; Japanese Language edition 2001 (Springer-Verlag Tokyo).
  • Hassenzahl, D. M. (2006). Instructor’s Manual for Environment 5/e. J. Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Black, B. Hassenzahl, D. M. and Stephens, J., Eds. (2011) Encyclopedia of Climate Change (four volumes). ABC-Clio.
  • Hultman, N., Hassenzahl, D. M. and Rayner, S. (2010). “Climate Risk: A critical review of tools, techniques and approaches.” Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources
  • Neill, H.N., Hassenzahl, D. M. and Assane, D. (2007). “Estimating the Effect of Air Quality: Spatial versus Traditional Hedonic Price Models” Southern Economics Journal 73(4): 1088 – 1111
  • Hassenzahl, D. M. (2006). “Implications of Excessive Precision for Risk Comparisons: Lessons from the Past Four Decades.” Risk Analysis 26(1): 265 - 276
  • Hassenzahl, D. M. (2005). “The effect of uncertainty on ‘risk rationalizing’ decisions.” Journal of Risk Research 8(2), 119 – 138
  • Jackson, D., Engstrom, E., and Hassenzahl, D. M. (2005). Effects of sex and seating arrangement on selection of leader. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 100: 815 – 818
  • Andrews, C. J., Hassenzahl, D. M. and Johnson, B. B. (2004). “Accommodating Uncertainty in Comparative Risk.” Risk Analysis 24(5): 1323 - 1335
  • Hassenzahl, D. M. (2004). “Risk analysis and uncertainty: implications for counseling” Guidance and Counselling 19(2) pp 65 – 71
  • Hassenzahl, D.M. and Mynster, P. (2004) “Integrating Technology into Introductory Environmental Science for Prospective Teachers.” Creative College Teaching Journal 1(1) 23 - 28
  • Cox, L. A., Chiu, W. A., Hassenzahl, D. M. and Kammen, D. M. (2000). “Response to Wilson, D. ‘Low Dose Responses’” Risk Analysis 20(3) 297 – 298
  • Chiu, W. A., Hassenzahl, D. M. and Kammen, D. M. (1999). “A Comparison of Regulatory Implications of Traditional and Exact Two-stage Dose-Response Models.” Risk Analysis 19(1) 15-22

Awards

  • 2010 UNLV Outstanding Department Chair Award
  • 2008 Society for Risk Analysis Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2006 UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2006 Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Service Contribution Award
  • 2004 Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2003 Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 1998 – 2000 Princeton University Society of Fellows of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Organizations

Presentations

  • Goldberg, D, Hassenzahl, DM, and English, E. (2012). Sowing a new crop of sustainable leaders. Presentation at Greenbuild 2012, San Francisco, CA, November 14, 2012.
  • Hassenzahl, DM, Mendler, S and Barazzone, E., (2012). Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Los Angeles, October 2012.
  • Barazzone, E., Hassenzahl, DM, Mendler, S and Goldberg, D. (2011). Rethinking Education: Building for a Sustainable Future. Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • Hassenzahl, D.M., Mehling, M. and Barazzone, E. (2012). “Integrating Sustainability throughout an Institution: Eden Hall Campus and the School of Sustainability and the Environment” International Conference on Sustainable Development in Higher Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012
  • Barazzone, E., Hassenzahl, DM, Mendler, S and Goldberg, D. (2011). Rethinking Education: Building for a Sustainable Future. Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • Hassenzahl, DM (2011) Strategies for Making Health Decisions under High Uncertainty. Environmental Toxicity and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Conference. West Virginia University, July 15, 2011.
  • Hassenzahl DM and Brown, G. (2011). CAMEL for Climate Education. Annual Conference of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
  • Hassenzahl, DM (2011) Climate Education: the CAMEL Project. Association of American Geographers, April 15, 2011)
  • Hassenzahl DM (2010). CAMEL for Climate Education. Annual Conference of the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education, Denver, Colorado.
  • “Las Vegas: the Sustainability Everytown” - Frostburg State College, November 9, 2010; Society of Design Standards conference, Las Vegas, NV. May 15, 2010; National Geographic Society, Wiley and Sons Faculty Development Project. October 17, 2009; George Perkins Marsh Distinguished Lecture, Clark University, Worchester, MA, April 2009; Las Vegas Chapter of the American Humanist Association. September 2008; Annual Conference of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, Dallas TX, February 2008.
  • “Managing Uncertainty in Risk Analysis.” Boston Uniniversity School of Public Health. April 2010, April 2009, April 2008.
  • “Managing Highly Uncertain Risks: Hidden Risks, Surprises, and Controversies.” George Washington University School of Public Health, October 19, 2009.
  • “Climate Change Fundamentals.” Presentation to the Las Vegas Organization for Lifelong Living Institute, Las Vegas, NV. November 2008.
  • “Managing Uncertainty in Risk Analysis.” Invited presentation at the Boston College School of Public Health.
  • “The Role of Information in Nuclear Risk Management” Presentation at the Nuclear Risk Management for Native Communities Conference, held at UNLV April 11 – 12, 2008.
  • “Risk Analysis Education in the USA and Elsewhere: Trends and Practice.” Presentation at the Risk Management Education Conference, University of Osaka, Japan. February 14, 2007.
  • Uncertainty and Individual Decisions. Presentation to the Nevada Technology Council, January 17, 2007
  • Technical Issues in Risk Assessment. Invited presentation to the Sothern Nevada Air and Water Management Association.
  • Applications of statistics to risk analysis. Invited presentation to the Southern Nevada Section of the American Statistical Society. October 21, 2007.
  • “Risk, Trust, Knowledge and the Yucca Mountain Project.” Invited Honors Athenaeum Presentation, October 14, 2003.
  • “Information, Nuclear Waste and Native Communities.” Forum on Native Americans and Nuclear Waste Management. August 27 - 29, 2003.
  • “Risk, Trust and Knowledge.” Sermon Shared with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas. August 3, 2003.
  • “Monte Carlo Analysis for Complex and Uncertain Decisions.” HazMat Explo6 Conference and Exposition.
  • Dynamics of Environmental and Wellness Management: A Parallel Thread.” Advances in Health and Wellness: Living Well in Las Vegas Conference.
  • “Risk Management: Lessons for the ICC Performance Code.” Invited Presentation to the Structural Engineers Association of Southern Nevada, August 8, 2002.
  • “Yucca Quakes”. Invited commentary on KNPR, Nevada Public Radio, June 26, 2002
  • “Issues in Risk Communication: The Intractable Case of Yucca Mountain.” Invited Presentation to the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication 2002 Annual Meeting, April 16, 2002.