Bridges and Siegel Win 2019 James D. Woods Award

Doctoral Students Lauren Bridges and Leeann Siegel received the James D. Woods Award at the 2019 Annenberg Graduation Ceremony. Given in memory of Annenberg graduate student James D. Woods, the award is granted to an outstanding graduate teaching assistant.

Bridges, a second year Ph.D. student, was nominated for Professor Guobin Yang's undergraduate course COMM 203: Media, Culture & Society in Contemporary China.

Mutz Receives Grant to Monitor Political Incivility in Media

Uncivil political discourse has become increasingly prevalent in American news media. This has significant implications because incivility is known to increase polarization and to lower the perceived legitimacy of government. As the level of political incivility has risen, however, the development of tools to measure such incivility has not kept pace.

Communication Major Wins Inaugural Award From

Corey Berman C’20, a junior Communication major, was honored with’s inaugural Brooks Jackson Undergraduate Fellowship Award on May 3. The award, named after the fact-checking organization’s co-founder, honors an undergraduate research fellow at who has done exemplary work in fact-checking and most embodies the talent, spirit, and integrity of Brooks Jackson.

Jemmott Receives Grant to Study HIV/AIDS among Youth in Botswana

The stigma associated with HIV can be crippling. Research shows that HIV stigma negatively impacts the likelihood that those in need will receive care and can even cause depression or suicide. Although the documentation of HIV stigma has increased, very little is known about the best way to reduce its impact.

Bleakley Receives Grant to Study Youth Consumption of Sugary Beverages

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) — which include things such as sports drinks, non-diet sodas, energy drinks, fruit drinks, and flavored milk products — cause dental erosion and cavities and play a significant role in health concerns such as obesity and diabetes. Although soda consumption is declining, sports and energy drinks remain popular among youth, in part because of confusion regarding their potential health benefits.


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