Kati Tusinki Berg (Ph.D., 2006) and Kim Sheehan have been named Page Legacy Scholars for the 2011/2012 academic year and will receive $6,000 from the Arthur W. Page Center for their research on “Social Media as a CSR Communication Channel: Understanding Firms’ Decision Processes.”

Tom Bivins, Yoon Cho and Tiffany Derville Gallicano also have been named Page Legacy Scholars for their project, “A Survey of Readers to Determine Ethical Guidelines Regarding Ghost Blogging,” and have been awarded $8,400. They will use Tom Wheeler’s concept of qualified expectation of reality to investigate ghost blogging.

Mary Erickson defended her dissertation, “Independent Filmmaking in the Pacific Northwest: A Critical Analysis of the Regional Film Landscape,” on April 1st. Her paper, “Pay for your Porn! Pleas from the Adult Film Industry,” will appear the week of May 2- 6 at http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/ Mary’s paper, “Filmmaking in Iraq: A Rebirth?,” has been accepted to the Modern Language Association conference in Seattle.

Tiffany Derville Gallicano’s article (with Susan Einberger, an MBA graduate from UO), titled “A Critical Analysis and Case Study of a Greenwashing Claim,” will be published in The Public Relations Journal.

Mara Hobler (M.S., 2007) will present a co-authored paper entitled “Toward a Model of Audience-directed Health Communication: Exploring Health Care Reform Advertisements,” at ICA in Boston in May. Mara was also recently elected to the board of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society for Public Health Education as their Advocacy Chair.

Twange Kasoma (Ph.D., 2006) contributed to the latest special edition of African Communication Research Journal dedicated to Bribery and corruption in African journalism. Her article is entitled, “Zambian PR Practitioners’ Perspectives on “Brown Envelopes” and Freebies: Working Through the Confusion.” Additionally, Twange has been awarded the McConnell Travel Grant at Emory & Henry College, which will enable her to travel to Doha, Qatar, this summer for the World Conference on Science Journalism. She will be a panelist on a panel entitled, “Challenges for Science Journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa,” where she will focus on the impact of “brown envelopes” on science reporting in Africa. Twange’s work on “brown envelopes” also has been extensively cited in a research report by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Ammina Kothari’s (MA, 2008) paper, “HIV/AIDS in Tanzania: How the Media Use Metaphors to Report on an Epidemic,” has been accepted for presentation at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Istanbul in July.

Peter Laufer sends greetings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he is obligated to go to a cockfight as part of the research for the epilogue to his third animal trilogy book, No Animals Were Harmed.

Randall Livingstone will be presenting a poster entitled “Because This is So Important: A Network Analysis of WikiProject Countering Systemic Bias” at the JITP (Journal of Information Technology and Politics) 2011 Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, on May 16th.

Ed Madison will be moderating “Teaching Mobile Media Production: Developing Cutting-Edge Curricula,” a panel at the BEA conference in Las Vegas. Panelists include Mark S. Luckie, Innovations Editor for the Washington Post and publisher of the 10,000words.net blog; Mark Briggs, Director of Digital Media at King 5 TV, Seattle and author of Journalism 2.0, Esther Wojcicki, founder of Palo Alto High School’s award winning journalism program; and Deborah Morrison.

Mark Masse’s (MS, 1994) new book, Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm’s Way, a narrative nonfiction account of the international movement to reform coverage of tragedy and trauma, will be published this fall by Continuum International Publishing. Foreword is by Terry Anderson.

Jon Palfreman is working on a new project for FRONTLINE about the implications of the Fukushima Daiichi accident on the future of nuclear energy.

Kathleen Ryan (Ph.D., 2008) organized a panel for the BEA convention called “Bridging the Professional and the Personal: The Future of Relationship-Building in an H-D (hyper-didactic) World.” Panelists include Jessalynn Strauss (Ph.D., 2010) and Angela Seits (“Persuasion, Promotion and Conversation: How Las Vegas Casinos are Using Twitter”); Katie Pontius Stansberry (“Teaching with Tech: How a Community of Web-Savvy Educators are Changing the K-12 Education System”); Joy Chavez Mapaye (“Assessing Parasocial Promotion: Viral Viewers and Local TV News”); and Kathleen Ryan, “The Augmented Reality of Social Networking in News Storytelling.” Kathleen will also present a paper at the PCA/ACA annual conference in San Antonio this month called “The Triple Vantage of ‘Avatar.'” In addition, she is also a consultant on a project that will gather oral histories with individuals impacted by natural disasters (victims, first responders, aid agencies and individuals donating help). The project involves Boulder- based non-profits (including a tech upstart called SparkRelief), with the goal of using individual storytelling to assess the changing needs in disaster situations and develop a smart phone app which will help meet those needs in future disasters.

Katie Stansberry will present a co-authored paper (with Pat Curtin) at the Global Public Relations Research Conference in Charlotte, NC, at UNC Charlotte on April 15.

The paper is titled, “The Many Identities of Polio: Culture and Meaning in Global Health Communication Campaigns.” On April 30th, Katie will present her project, “Survivorship Online: Using Social Media to Promote Engagement Among Individuals with Long-term and Chronic Diseases,” during a poster session at the D. C. Health Communication Conference held at the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, VA.

Janet Wasko will present a paper (co-authored by Eileen Meehan) entitled “Critical Crossroads or Parallel Routes?: Political Economy and New Approaches to Studying Media Industries and Cultural Products,” at the IAMCR conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in July.

David Weiss’ (MA, 2002) chapter “Making Sense of the Brokeback Paraphenomenon” is included in The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon, edited by William R. Handley (U. of Nebraska Press, 2011). David was also this year’s recipient of the Winston & Helen Cox Fellowship Award in Arts & Sciences, an award given annually to a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences at Montana State University Billing to acknowledge excellence in teaching and research.

New Books

The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications, edited by Janet Wasko, Graham Murdock and Helena Sousa, has been released by Wiley Blackwell. The collection includes an international line-up of contributors, drawn from North and Latin America, Europe, Australasia, and the Far East – including a chapter by Andre Sirois and Janet Wasko on “The Political Economy of the Recorded Music Industry.”

Congratulations again to Joy Chavez Mapaye (Ph.D., 2010) for winning the BEA 2011 Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Viral Viewers: Examining the Role of Parasocial Interaction on Local TV News Web site Visitors’ Loyalty and Commitment.” More good news from Joy is her daughter, Isabella, born March 24th.