An exhibition of prints from the book Neon Nevada, a survey of the impact of neon signage on Nevada culture, with photographs and text by Sheila Swan and Peter Laufer, is on display at the Atrium Gallery in the White Stag Block in Portland through March 17th. The book will be celebrated at a reception following the Communication and Society Lecture, March 1st, around 6:45pm in the Atrium.

Carol Ann Bassett and Harsha Gangadharbatla are advisers for the new student environmental group, Envision. Bassett is the editorial, content, story development, and field trip adviser. Gangadharbatla is the guru on multimedia and website content, advertising, and fundraising. Envision’s mission is to work with SOJC and Environmental Studies students to research, report and produce high quality writing, photography, and multimedia projects, to invite guest lecturers to campus, to practice immersion journalism in the field, and to raise awareness about environmental issues.

Tom Bivins’ paper entitled, “… an intense scrutiny of his actions”: Edward Bernays and the dilemma of ethics versus opportunity,” was accepted for the International History of Public Relations conference in July. The conference is hosted by Bournemouth University in Bournemouth, UK.

Erica Ciszek’s paper “Building relationships between LGBT youth and health care practitioners: Stories of support from the It Gets Better Project,” has been accepted for the 2012 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication as a poster in Louisville, April 19- 21. Her paper “Dykes Making a Tyke in the Digital Age: A Navigation of Queer Parenting,” has been selected for the 2012 National Popular Culture & American Culture Conference in Boston, April 11 – 14.

Mary Erickson’s (Ph.D., 2011) article, “Cultural Diplomacy, Branding and the American Film Institute’s Project: 20/20,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research and will be published in mid-2012. She also will be presenting a paper on how independent filmmakers are using Comcast On Demand as an alternative film distribution method at the What is Television? Conference in Portland, March 2-3.

Harsha Gangadharbatla and Kim Sheehan have a paper titled “Is Grey Matter Green Matter? An Exploratory Study of How Green Beliefs Affect Green Behavior,” selected for the ICA 2012 conference “Communication and Community.”

Cary Greenwood (Ph.D., 2011) and Joon Soon Lim have been named Page Legacy Scholars for 2012/2013 by the Arthur W. Page Center for their proposal, “The Impact of Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility Communication on Organizational CSR Reputation and CSR/Public Relations Goals.”

Twange Kasoma (Ph.D., 2009) is the academic advisor for the Kasoma Media Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2002 in memory of her father, Prof. Francis Kasoma, who was also an SOJC alumnus. Twange is spearheading plans for the Sixth Global Communication Association conference to be held in Lusaka, Zambia, from July 9-12. The theme of the conference is: “Environment, Science Journalism, Media, and Politics: The African Perspectives.” The current conference partners/sponsors include: Emory & Henry College, Media Institute of Southern Africa, The Post newspaper, and Global Communication Association. For more information on the conference, including a list of keynote speakers and call for papers, visit the website at www.gca2012.com. The deadline for paper submissions is February 29.

Peter Laufer will be on CSPAN BOK TV talking about his new books, No Animals Were Harmed and Calexico, February 11 and 12. Please see http://www.booktv.org/Program/13045/No+Animals+Were+Harmed+and+Calexico…..

Micky Lee (Ph.D., 2004) will contribute a book chapter entitled “From googol to Guge: The political economy of a search engine” to the volume The Audience Commodity in a Digital Era: Revisiting a Critical Theory of Commercial Media.

Ed Madison will present his research about 5th grade broadcast journalists at the UO Graduate Research Forum, and next month at What is Television? Conference in Portland. The Eugene- based elementary school students produce their own cable series, and they covered one of President Obama’s rallies for John Kitzhaber in Portland during the 2010 gubernatorial race.

Mark Massé (MS, 1994) will present a paper on the impact of covering trauma on literary journalists at the March 2012 American Comparative Literature Assoc. (ACLA) conference, Brown Univ. Authors studied: Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter Thompson, Michael Herr, Ted Conover, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. Research focus: What are the emotional effects of extended immersion in conflict, crime, disaster, war and other hazardous reporting on literary journalists?

A manuscript by Arthur Santana, Randall Livingstone and Yoon Cho, “Medium Matters: Newsreaders’ Recall and Engagement with Online and Print Newspapers,” has been accepted for publication in Newspaper Research Journal.

Jennifer Schwartz (Ph.D., 2011) will be presenting her paper entitled, “Community Diversity and Newspaper Photographs of Latino and non-Latino Candidates” at the AEJMC 2012 Southeast Colloquium on March 10.

Bish Sen was a member of the University of Oregon team that participated in the 2012 India Study Tour (Jan. 28-Feb. 3) organized by the Institute of International Education as part of its International Academic Partnership Program. Representatives from eleven US universities and colleges met with their Indian counterparts in three cities with the intent of building US-India linkages in the field of education.

Carol Stabile is now the series editor for Feminist Media Studies, a book series published by the University of Illinois Press: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/find_books.php?type=series&search=fms.

Caroline Stauss will be at the Northwest Tutoring Center Conference at Tacoma Community College in Washington, presenting “Doing more with less: Embracing the laptop” on behalf of the University of Oregon’s Teaching and Learning Center. The conference’s theme this year is Tutoring in a Climate of Change, and her presentation will address why the increasing amount of students seeking help at Writing Centers want to work on word processors, not paper, and what this means for centers’ core principles and tutors’ strategies.

Janet Wasko’s co-edited volume, The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry (with Paul McDonald), will be translated into Chinese and published by the Zhejiang University Press, China, in 2014.

David Weiss (MA, 2002) presented the paper “Media as Performative: Anna Wintour’s Vogue, Determinant of the Nature of Fashion” at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association conference in Albuquerque in early February.

Professional News

Arthur Santana has accepted an assistant professor position in the communication school at the University of Houston. He expects to begin in the fall.

Micky Lee (Ph.D., 2004) has been awarded tenure and promotion by the College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University.

Graduate Student Papers, ICA 2012, Phoenix, Arizona Lauren Bratslavsky and Ben Birkinbine, “(Re)Discovering the Analog: Investigating Archives in the Age of Digitization.” Communication History Interest Group’s Pre-conference.

Brant Burkey, “Constructing the Net: How Cable News Coverage Articulates Meaning for the Net Neutrality Debate.” Mass Communication Division.

Erica Ciszek, “Developing a Global Queer Community in the Digital Age: A Narrative Analysis of International Contributions to the It Gets Better Project.” Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Interest Group.

Toby Hopp and Arthur Santana, “Driving the Dialogue: A Media-Use Profile of Online Newspaper Commenters.” Journalism Studies Division.

Bryce Peake, Karen Estlund, Carol Stabile, and others, Competitive panel proposal: “Fembot & Ada: Exploring Feminist Digital Publishing.” Feminist Scholarship Division.

Darshan Sawant, “No on Proposition 8 Campaign: The Need for Intersectionality of ‘Unified Voices.’” Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Interest Group.