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McFarland has published Helena Vanhala’s book, The Depiction of Terrorists in Blockbuster Hollywood Films, 1980-2001: An Analytical Study. The book is based on her SOJC dissertation and examines how American foreign policy and the commercial film industry’s economic interests influenced the portrayal of international terrorism in Hollywood blockbuster films from the time of the Iran hostage crisis to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Helena received her Ph.D. in 2004 and is currently an associate professor of media arts at Robert Morris University.

Kati Tusinki Berg (Ph.D., 2006) won the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.

Guenni Chernov’s (Ph.D., 2010) article (with K. Tsetsura), “Building a Bridge between Corporate Reputation and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Ukrainian Print Media,” will be published in the International Journal of Emerging Markets (Winter 2011-2012).

Sophia De La Cruz will present her paper, “Re-articulating Mexican Indigeneity through Radio” in the Participatory Communication Research Section at the IAMCR conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in July.

Lauren Kessler’s essay, “Letting Go,” about how not to be a completely clueless mother of a teen, is in the May issue of Woman’s Day. Kessler was the keynote speaker (“Yes, teens are crazy”) at the spring conference for Oregon Council of Teachers of English. She was also a keynoter (“The unglamorous writing life”) at the annual fundraising event for Community Partners for Affordable Housing.

Ammina Kothari’s (MA, 2008) review of The Political Economy of Communication, by Vincent Mosco (London, UK: Sage Publications, 2009) has been published in Global Media Journal, Volume 11, Issue 18, Spring 2011. It is available online at: http://lass.calumet.purdue.edu/cca/gmj/sp11/issue_book_reviews/kothari-b… Ammina also was notified that an article based on her MA thesis was among the top 20 mostdownloaded from Journalism Studies in 2010: Kothari, A. (2010). The framing of the Darfur conflict in the New York Times: 2003-2006. Journalism Studies,11(2).

Peter Laufer is looking forward to seeing colleagues at the “Why Talk Radio Skews Right” conference at the Turnbull Center on May 19th for a wide-ranging discussion with talk show hosts, radio industry managers, and academics studying the questions.

Josh Netzer’s article on the Portland Senior Experience has been accepted for publication in the July issue of the Journal of Media Education.

Randy Nichol’s (Ph.D., 2005) chapter “Digitalisation and Video Games” was published as part of The Digitalisation of Mass Media and Culture, a report to Lothar Bisky of the European Parliament. Randy also presented his paper “Randy Could Use Your Help Making Sense of his Farm: Genre the Theory and the Challenge of Casual Games” at the 2011 Annual Convention of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in San Antonio, Texas. He completed and presented his work “Who Plays, Who Pays? Mapping Video Game Production and Consumption Globally” for the Bentley University Valente Center; the paper has been accepted as part of a forthcoming collection titled Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place.

Jon Palfreman’s FRONTLINE “The Vaccine War” won this year’s NIHCM’s Annual Television and Radio Award. NIHCM is The National Institute for Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that conducts research on health care issues. Jon will accept the award on May 16 in Washington DC.

Amanda Peacher has received the Center for Intercultural Dialogue UNESCO Project Grant and the Savage Fellowship for International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Kathleen Ryan (Ph.D., 2008) will be in postproduction this summer on a multimedia documentary “Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II.” The project has several trailers posted on its Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Homefront-Heroines-The-WAVES-of-World-War-…) and the project will be starting a Kickstarter funding campaign for its last bit of shooting in the coming weeks. Follow the project on Twitter: @HmefrntHeroines. Kathleen and Deborah Macey (Ph.D., 2008) are working on a proposal for an edited book and are seeking proposals from contributors.The book is entitled Everything I Know I Learned from Television and it will assess how the media informs and shapes the way we view our world. They are seeking proposals from a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches that will explore the multiple influences of television in a media landscape that is becoming increasingly fractured. Please send submissions by June 15th to: kathleen.ryan@colorado.edu or deborahmacey@gmail.com.

Leslie Steeves received a grant from the Center for the Study of Communication and Society to make a video documentary on the One Laptop per Child pilot project in Ghana.

Jessalynn Strauss (Ph.D., 2010) will present “Because They Have To, or Because They Ought To? Considering Moral Obligation as a Relationship Antecedent” at the ICA conference in Boston. The paper represents the theoretical component of her dissertation research on corporate social responsibility in the Las Vegas casino industry.

Brenna Wolf-Monteiro will be part of a roundtable presentation at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Internet Research 12.0. The roundtable is entitled: Resistance and Technology (Part 1): Regulation, Structure, and Resistance.

Kyu Youm has accepted an invitation to guest-blog for the Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University: http://www.citmedialaw.org/blog. On May 2, he delivered a lecture as a Global Mondays speaker at the University of Washington Law School: “Importing the First Amendment? Free Speech Jurisprudence in South Korea.” He also chaired the “Regulating China’s Information Infrastructure—International Lessons” session of the Oregon Review of International Law symposium on “China’s Role in Regulating the Global Information Economy” at the University of Oregon School of Law on April 8. On April 30, the leading U.K. media law blog, INFORRM, noted that his Twitter feed @MarshallYoum was “invaluable” as the source in its March-April round-up of US media law & related topics. Kyu has also been invited to speak at the “The Press, the Public, and the U.S. Supreme Court” symposium of the Brigham Young Law Review in January 2012.

Professional News

Kumi Silva (Ph.D., 2004) will be leaving Northeastern University for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she will be Assistant Professor in Gender and Communication in the Dept. of Communication Studies beginning this fall.