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Dr. Janet Swim, Professor of Psychology, will talk about sustainability science and psychology as well as generate dialogue with attendees about what we can do in our own lives about conservation efforts and coping with climate-related anxiety. Dr. Swim uses experimental and survey research to examine the psychological underpinnings of people’s willingness to engage in personal and collective pro-environmental actions and support policies that affect natural processes and, by extension, all life. Her current research is examining 1) different ways people psychologically connect to and value nature, 2) the complexity of thoughts about the interface between human actions and natural processes, and 3) emotions about and anticipated positive and negative consequences of ecological problems and solutions. She works in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams composed of natural scientists, social scientists, artists, and educators.