Erica Ciszek’s paper, “In Our Own Voice: A Narrative Analysis of the It Gets Better Project and Digital Storytelling,” has been accepted for the NCA conference in November in New Orleans.

Donna Davis’ paper, “Enhanced Engagement from the Edge via Performance in Online Virtual Worlds, has been accepted for the International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Seattle, Washington, in October. She will contribute a chapter entitled “Engaging the Disengaged in Virtual Worlds,” in the forthcoming text book, New Media and Public Relations, Second Edition. Donna was also a beta reader for the forthcoming text book, Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (eds.Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie A. Nardi, Celia Pearce, and T.L. Taylor).

Pat Curtin just finished judging dissertations for the Nafziger-White-Salwen Award and books for the Tankard Award, international awards that are presented at the AEJMC convention.

Tiffany Gallicano will present a paper about the relationship between Millennial employees and their agency employers based on qualitative data at the AEJMC conference in August.

Harsha Gangadharbatla will present two papers and moderate a session at the Asian Media Information and Communication Center Annual Conference, Taj Krishna Hotel, Hyderabad, India, June 24-27. His papers are: “Social media as tools of personal empowerment for Indian women,” (with D. Khedekar) and “Tweet this: A preliminary look at how information travels on Twitter” (with M. Valafar).

Michael Huntsberger (Ph.D., 2007) has two chapters in press for edited volumes, and recently presented at the Broadcast Education Association conference. He is currently working on a video documentary for the International Pinot Noir Celebration, and is preparing new courses in mass communication ethics and history for the coming academic year at Linfield College in McMinnville.

Ammina Kothari (MA, 2008) will present three papers at AEJMC: “Globalization in Africa: A 10-Year Critical Literature Review of Communication Scholars’ Research Agenda; “Hostile Media Perceptions: Coloring the (new) media red or blue” (with Seong Chuol Hong, Shuo Tang, and Lars Willnat); and, “Cultivating, or alleviating, fear? How religion and media influence feelings about terrorism,” (with Rosemary Pennington, Stacie Meihaus Jankowski and Jae Kook Lee. Ammina will also present her project titled: “Digital Gatekeeping: The Role of Social Media in Citizen Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt” at the NCA conference in November.

Peter Laufer is en route to Jordan in late June for work with Iraqi journalism educators on the UNESCO curriculum reform project. In late August he heads for Washington, DC and the archives of the Cosmos Club to research the James Wallace papers. In September he travels overland from Washington to San Francisco retracing his route of September 11, 2011, and conducting interviews in the same locales he visited ten years ago for his film documentary-in-progress, “Sea to Shining.”

Randianne Leyshon has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year. She will be based in Syktyvkar, Russia, located west of the Ural Mountains and about 40 miles east of St. Petersburg. Her assignment is teaching English to university students part-time and continuing her journalistic research/reporting on Russian mail-order brides.

Randall Livingstone’s “The Myth of Classlessness in Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ Campaign” was chosen as a FLOW Favorite 2011 by the publication’s editorial board (originally published April 2011).

Ed Madison is UO’s newest recipient of the University Club of Portland Foundation Fellowship. Ed returns to Northern California later this month for further study and video documentation of activities surrounding students

graduating from Palo Alto High School’s journalism program. Also, Ed and Kim Sheehan are collaborating on two research studies related to the use of iPads in K-12 classrooms.

Scott Maier will present “Local News in the Digital Age,” a research paper co-authored with Staci Tucker, at the AEJMC national conference in St. Louis. He will also join colleagues from the European Journalism Observatory to present another research paper, “News Accuracy: Transatlantic Perspectives,” at the conference.

Kim Mangun (Ph.D., 2005) will present the following new research at AEJMC in August: “Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor and the Summer of 1910: Salt Lake City Newspapers Cover the Bicycle Racer’s Final Season.”

Alexandra Notman’s story about female veteran health care is featured in the Eugene Weekly this week. John Russial and Steve Asbury offered workshops on design and editing to the introductory journalism class at South Eugene High School in late May.

Kathleen Ryan will present “Military LIFE: Coordinating WWII Magazine Publicity by the U.S. Naval Women’s Reserve” at the Society for Military History conference in Lisle, Illinois, on June 11. A co-authored study “Measuring the Messenger: Analyzing Bias in Presidential Election Return Coverage,” has been accepted for the AEJMC conference, where Kathleen will also be on a panel discussing the future of journalism education in higher education disucssing the discontinuance process this year at CU Boulder. Also, “Homefront Heroines” (a multimedia project, including a documentary film) is in post-production this summer, but also in the midst of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. The campaign runs until late June, and the money will be used to bring Florence resident Margaret Thorngate to the USS Missouri where she will demonstrate where on the ship she painted it “for luck.” It will also be used for other post-production expenses, such as digitization of officer interviews. For more information, see: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1626176895/homefront-heroines-the-wa…. Or, http://kck.st/kyNgqm

Darshan Sawantdesai’s paper, “No on Proposition 8 Campaign, the Need for Intersectionality and a Unified Voice,” has been accepted for the NCA conference in November.

Katie Stansberry and Pat Curtin’s “The Many Identities of Polio: Culture and Meaning in Global Health Communication Campaigns,” received the top paper award at the Global Public Relations Research Conference in Charlotte, NC. Katie’s paper, “On Not Performing Cancer: How an Online Network of Young Adult Cancer Patients Create an Alternative Cancer Identity.” was accepted for the Internet Research 12.0 Conference in Seattle, WA in October. Her G.I.F.T. submission, “Introducing Students to Their Cyber-Selves,” was accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association Conference in New Orleans, in November, where she will also present her paper, “When the Ends Do Not Justify the Means: Ethical Concerns and the Donor-Patient Dilemma in Cancer Communications Campaigns,” during a Scholar-to-Scholar session. Katie also received a 2011 Health Communication Doctoral Fellowship from the Cancer Communication Research Center in Denver, CO. Fellows are invited to participate in a three-day immersion program in July that is designed to encourage promising scholars to pursue projects in cancer communication research. The fellowship includes a $1,000 honorarium to support research progress.

Mickey Stellavato has been awarded the General University Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. She will attend the Facilitator Intensive Training with the Center for Digital Storytelling in Denver, Colorado June 6-10, as well as leading a digital storytelling workshop with youth June 16-18 at the Trauma Healing Project.

David Weiss (MA, 2002) has co-edited, The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays, published by McFarland.

Tom Wheeler is advising a team of students called J/ROW — the Journalism/Rowing Oregon Workshop, who have created a website called USMensRowing.com.

AEJMC Grad Student Papers Erica Ciszek: “My Body, My Gender, My Story: A Qualitative Analysis of Transgender Narratives and the It Gets

Better Project,” GLBT Interest Group. **Top Student Paper** Jacob Dittmer: “The Ochocinco Brand: Social Media’s Impact on the NFL’s Institutional Control,” Sports

Communication Interest Group (inaugural year). **Top Student Paper** Arthur Santana: “Pushed to the Periphery: Incivility in Online Newspaper Readers’ Comments,” Minorities and

Communication Division. **Top Student Paper** Arthur Santana, Randall Livingstone, and Yoon Cho: “Medium Matters: Newsreaders’ Recall and Engagement

with Online and Print Newspapers” Newspaper Division.

Ed Madison: “Digital Natives, Journalism and Civic Engagement: Cultivating Citizenship with Technology, “ Scholastic Journalism Group; and, “Hyperlocal News Internships and Digital Practicums: Blurring the Distinction Between Students and Professionals,” Career and Internships.

Randall Livingstone: “Better at Life Stuff: Consumption, Identity, and Class in Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ Campaign,” Cultural and Critical Studies Division; and, “Who in the World? People, Content, and Systemic Bias on Wikipedia,” Mass Communication and Society Division.

Staci Tucker (with Scott Maier): “Local News Coverage in the Digital Age: Comparing Online News with Newspapers in Two Metropolitan Markets,” Newspaper Division.