Lauren Kessler will spend the summer detoxing, superfooding, sweating, getting hypnotized, having her telomeres measured, amping up her mitochrondria and otherwise immersing herself in the hope and hype of the anti-aging movement, the subject of her new book. The title is COUNTERCLOCKWISE. You can watch for it next spring. She's also hard at work on -- and very excited about -- the fall launch of the Portland-based multimedia narrative journalism master's program. Lauren will also serve as a judge for the Eugene Bawk Celebration, June 30th.
Lauren Bratslavsky, Harsha Gangadharbatla and Darshan Sawant have received the Top Paer Award for the Mass Communication Division at AEJMC for their paper, “Turnoff Everything: The Challenges and Consequences of Going on a Complete and Extended Media Fast,”
Erica Ciszek’s paper, “The Butch in the Bow Tie: Gender, Pedagogy and Female Masculinity in the Classroom,” has been accepted for the NCA conference in November.
Donna Davis will contribute a chapter to the forthcoming book, Advancing Social and Business Research Methods with New Media Technologies (IGI Global). The working title for Donna’s chapter is, “A Study of Relationships in Online Virtual Environments: Making a Case for Conducting Semi-structured Interviews with Avatars and What We Can Learn About Their Human Operators.” She also has a forthcoming article titled, “Emerging Directions in Virtual Healthcare Communications: Mayo Clinic's Integration of Virtual World Communities in Their Social Media Mix,” in Journal of Virtual Worlds Research.
Tiffany Gallicano contributed a guest column to the current issue of Tactics, a publication of the Public Relations Society of America. She summarized key findings from her research with Pat Curtin and Kelli Matthews about diversity in public relations agencies and shared tips for creating an inclusive agency culture. She will attend Edelman's Academic Summit with Margy Parker later this month. In August, she will join co-authors Yoon Cho and Tom Bivins to present their study titled, “What Do Blog Readers Think? A Survey to Assess Ghost Blogging and Commenting” at the AEJMC conference in Chicago.
Stacey M. Hollis will be finishing her terminal project for the Professional Master’s program this summer. Her working title is “East Coast Birder in Eugene,” and is a project based on her observations as an East coast ornithologist and ecologist living in Eugene. Stacey's background includes learning about and studying birds since before the age of seven, more than five years working as a bird biologist in field locations in, around and outside of the US, and a BSc. in Biology and Environmental Studies. She hopes to apply her experiential knowledge of ecology and birds to design a multimedia package/website. The package will include audio, video and written profiles of the movers and shakers in this area, Stacey's own local nature observations, and a section highlighting spring in Eugene and what kind of nature can be observed around town or even right outside one’s own door.
Ammina Kothari (MA, 2008) will present her paper, “Signifying AIDS: How Media Uses Metaphors to Define a Disease,” at the AEJMC Conference in August. She also will participate on a panel, “Veiled Messages: Framing of Hijab and Muslim Identity in Western Media,” sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women and Religion and Media Interest Group. Her paper examines ways that Muslim women comedians incorporate the hijab into their comedy routines to construct on-stage identities, and discusses audience responses, which criticize commodification of the hijab as a prop. Ammana will be joining the Rochester Institute of Technology's Dept of Communication as an assistant professor in Fall 2012.
During the summer, Peter Laufer will be teaching workshops for mid-career professionals at the Forum Journalismus und Medien in Vienna, as well as meeting with the U.S. UNESCO legation in Paris regarding ongoing SOJC-UNESCO cooperation. Peter will be distributing the documentary film, “Seven Nights in Tunisia” (produced by Dan Morrison), about World Press Freedom Day events and the experiences of SOJC students at those events in Tunis. He also is finishing (with Matt Schmidt's students) the documentary “Sea to Shining,” a look at Heartland responses to 9/11 in 2001 and 2011. Peter is researching the provenance of “organic” food claims at Trader Joe's and the Market of Choice. He also is planning the 2013 Turnbull Center conference “What Is Radio?” with Janet Wasko and Michael Huntsberger (Ph.D., 2007), as well as establishing an SOJC bureau of the European Journalism Observatory with Scott Maier. Upcoming publications for Peter include: “Is It the Real Turtle Soup or Merely the Mock” in the Turtle Conservancy journal, The Tortoise, and “Crowdsourcing Is Nothing New: The Era of Instant Communication Still Needs Professional Journalists to Determine What Is News,” in the Gutenberg University publication of its 2011 convergence conference.
Micky Lee's (Ph.D., 2004) essay “A Feminist Political Economy of Communication” will be reprinted in Current Perspectives in Feminist Media Studies, edited by Lisa McLaughlin and Cynthia Carter.
Ed Madison will present “Negotiating Identity and High School Journalism: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Class & Sexuality,” at the AEJMC conference in August. Ed is also completing two research studies on iPad use in K-12 education, in collaboration with Kim Sheehan.
Joy Mapaye (Ph.D., 2010) has a book chapter titled, “The Transmedia Experience in Local TV News: Examining Parasocial Interaction in Viral Viewership and the Online Social
Distribution of News,” in A.B. Albarran (ed.), Media Management and Economics Research in a Transmedia Environment. Joy also has received the University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty Leadership in Expanding Undergraduate Research (FLEUR) grant. The project title is, “Understanding Factors that Influence Diet, Physical Activity, Hypertension, and Obesity among Asian and Pacific Islander Immigrants in Alaska.” The goal of the research is to identify health disparities and design interventions to improve health outcomes among APIs in Alaska. Joy also received the UAA College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award for 2012.
Mark Massé (M.S., 1994) will be on a panel discussing journalists and PTSD at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. in November. The event is sponsored by the University of Kansas.
Bryce Peake will be in Gibraltar from June 18 to September 5 doing archival research on listening and colonialism in Gibraltar as part of his dissertation research fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. In September, he'll present his research at the Social Science Research Council conference in Philadelphia. He is also working with Carol Stabile and Karen Estlund to launch the first edition of Ada: Journal of New Media, Gender, and Technology in September, a critical part of the ongoing fembotcollective.org project. Bryce is currently the graphic and web designer for the project.
Kim Sheehan has signed a contract to rewrite her textbook, Controversies in Contemporary Advertising, to be published by Sage in December 2013. Given the immense changes in the strategic communication industry since the book was first published in 2004, Kim has her work cut out for her!
Francesco Somaini’s review of the book, Globalization & Media, by Jack Lule, has been accepted by Global Media and Communication .
Kati Stansberry’s paper “Identifying Social Media Influencers: Using Network Mapping to Track Information Flows in Online Interest-Based Publics” was accepted for the Public Relations Division of AEJMC. Her paper, “Standing Out in a Neon Crowd: How Las Vegas Casinos Use Twitter to Establish Brand Personalities as a Relationship Cultivation Strategy,” co-authored with Jessalynn Strauss (Ph.D., 2010), was accepted for the Public Relations Division of NCA.
Mickey Stellavato has completed a Digital Storytelling workshop with Full Access, an organization founded on the empowerment of people with developmental disabilities (with help, as appropriate, from members of their natural support network) to control their own life and, accordingly, to make choices that exemplify that control. This will become an ongoing collaboration between the Trauma Healing Project and Full Access. She also attended the annual Western States Folklore Society in Sacramento, as part of the panel “Experiential Story Worlds,” which explored the intersection of affect, embodiment, ritual, and narrative, thinking through the ideological and cultural work of “story worlds” like movies, television shows, virtual worlds, and online communities.
Janet Wasko presented a plenary paper, “New Challenges for Hollywood,” at the World Media Economy and Management Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, May 23-27. She will present a paper, “Teaching Political Economy of the Media,” at the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Durban, South Africa, in July, and will present an invited lecture, “The Future of Film and Television in the Digital World,” at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, later in the summer. Meanwhile, Janet’s book, Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy, will be translated into Chinese by the Communication University of China Press in Beijing.
Leslie Steeves gave a presentation May 30 on her research-in-progress on the One Laptop Per Child pilot project in Ghana at the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society. She also showed a preliminary version of her film on the project, filmed and directed by Steeves, edited by André Sirois (Ph.D., 2011). Steeves will give an updated presentation on the same topic at the IAMCR conference in Durban, South Africa in July. This summer she also will lead 24 SOJC students to Ghana in two groups, along with Sung Park and LNF graduate Catherine Ryan Gregory (2012).
Lauren Bratslavsky, Harsha Gangadharbatla & Darshan Sawant, “Turnoff everything: The challenges and consequences of going on a complete and extended media fast,” Mass Communication & Society Division. TOP FACULTY PAPER
Erica Ciszek, "Winning Hearts and Building Community: An Analysis of Basic Rights Oregon’s ‘Love. Commitment. Marriage.’ Campaign," Public Relations Division.
Jacob Dittmer, "The Paradox of Player Safety: Media Constructions of Violence in the NFL,” Sports Interest Group.
Toby Hopp, “The Role of Subjective Norms on Technological Adoption Intentions of Advertising and Public Relations Students,” Public Relations Division.
Toby Hopp, “Educating the New Media Professional: Using the Technology Acceptance Model to Investigate Professional Media Students’ Technological Adoption,” Communication Technology Division.
Ed Madison, "Negotiating Identity and High School Journalism: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Class & Sexuality," Scholastic Journalism Division.
Kathleen Stansberry, "Identifying Social Media Influencers: Using Network Mapping to Track Information Flows in Online Interest-Based Publics," Public Relations Division.
Kimberly Bowker, Literary Nonfiction project: “A Captain’s Voyage Between True North and True Love”
Devin Felix, Master’s project: “Abandon this Tendency: Gay Students Search for Peace and a Voice at the Most Mormon Place on Earth”
Jolene Fisher, Master’s project, “’The Slum is Not Just a Filthy Place’: How a Nonprofit in Ghana is Using Video to Spread its Message”
Leslie Fulbright, Literary Nonfiction project: “A Coffin or a Cell: An Urban Family Portrait”
Catherine Ryan Gregory, Literary Nonfiction project: “Maybe Tomorrow: Everyday Uncertainty in Ghana's Gushegu Witch Camp”
Ed Madison, Ph.D. dissertation: “Journalistic Learning: Rethinking and Redefining Language Arts Curricula”
Geoff Ostrove, Master's thesis: “The Political Economy of Financially Successful Independent Hip Hop Artists”
Lisa Rummler, Master's project: “Cubans in Oregon: Their Histories and Stories”
Arthur Santana, Ph.D. dissertation: “Civility, Anonymity and the Breakdown of a New Public Sphere”
Kati Stansberry, Ph.D. dissertation: “One-Step, Two-Step, or Multi-Step Flow: The Role of Influencers in Information Processing and Dissemination in Online, Interest-Based Publics”
Caroline Stauss, Master’s thesis: “Critical Media Literacy in the Classroom”
Rebecca Toews, Master's thesis: “Derby Dames and Femmes Fatales: A Qualitative Critical
Analysis of Empowerment, Consumption and Representation in Roller Derby”
Mary Ann Albright: “Brand Audit and Rebranding Recommendation for St. Mary's Academy”
Stacy Butchart: “Rebrand Migration Process: A Proposed Model and Best Practices for Migrating Established Product and Service Brands to a New Brand Architecture and Naming Schema”
Elizabeth Craig: “American Diabetes Association – Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Marketing Plan”
Charles Dye: “Social Identity Theory and Two-Step Flow of Communication in the Advancement of ‘Smart Meter’ Messaging for Eugene Water & Electric Board’s AMI Campaign”
Ben Furr: “Digital Public Relations Plan for ‘All Hands Raised’”
Kara O’Connell: “Sweet Pickles Designs’ Customer Perception Survey”
Elizabeth Shannon: “New Business Plan for Thurgood's”
Brandon Sprague: “Starting points for branding the coaching profession: An assessment of awareness levels, brand‐benefit perceptions, and brand personality”
Arnold Strong: “The Heroes Project”
Niklas Warren: “Shwood Media Audit”
Madeline Wigen: “Corporate Blogs and Content Marketing Strategy”
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