We are pleased to announce Dr. Jay Hmielowski (Ph. D. 2011, The Ohio State University) will be joining us this Fall as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Hmielowski’s major areas of interest are environmental communication, science communication and political communication. Specifically, he is interested in how different types of messages or the combination of conflicting messages affect the structure of people’s attitudes, and how the complexity of people’s attitudes influences a variety of outcome variables such as information seeking, information processing, and engaging in environmental or political behaviors. His second area of interest is how media influences institutional trust (i.e., trust in scientist or government), and how people’s level of trust affects attitudinal and behavioral outcome variables. His research has been published in journals such as Mass Communication and Society, Communication Monographs, and Communication Research. Dr. Hmielowski teaches courses in environmental communication, political communication and mass communication.