Faculty News, Awards, and Events

Study Finds Linkage Between Social Network Structure and Brain Activity

When someone talks about using “your network” to find a job or answer a question, most people understand that to mean the interconnected web of your friends, family, and acquaintances. But we all have another key network that shapes our life in powerful ways: our brains.

In the brain, impulses whiz from one brain region to another, helping you formulate all of your thoughts and decisions. As science continues to unlock the complexities of the brain, a group of researchers has found evidence that brain networks and social networks actually influence and inform one another.

Professor Diana C. Mutz Awarded 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

Brexit. The Travel Ban. Europe’s migrant crisis.

These are all examples of a growing backlash against globalization. Why, at a moment in history when the world is more interconnected than ever before, are increasing numbers of people expressing isolationist sentiments?

Annenberg Professor Diana C. Mutz aims to find out.

And, thanks to the Carnegie Corporation of New York, she’ll be doing that in-depth over the next two years. It was announced today that Mutz has won a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, which includes a grant of up to $200,000.

Counteracting the Influence of Adolescent Peer Smoking on YouTube

Cigarette advertising and marketing have been restricted since the 1960s – first through a tobacco-industry code, and then by federal laws, and agreements between the tobacco industry and the states. But the growing use of digital media, especially among young people, raises questions about whether those advances are being undercut by user-generated videos promoting cigarettes on largely unregulated internet sites such as YouTube.

Professor Sharrona Pearl Publishes New Book Face/On

In a hospital in France, in the autumn of 2005, Isabelle Dinoire received the world’s first face transplant. The world went into a moral panic.

“A lot of people thought that this was science fiction,” says Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School. “They felt that just because we could do it didn’t mean we should.”

Annenberg Presentations at ICA 2017

More than 70 faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff will present research at the International Communication Association’s 67th Annual Conference, to be held May 25-29 in San Diego.

All Annenberg contributions to the conference are listed below, with panel name and room location. All events will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, unless otherwise noted. For the full conference program, click here.

Carlin Romano Named a Knight Foundation Nieman Fellow

Carlin Romano, Lecturer at the Annenberg School, has been named one of 11 Nieman Fellows for 2017, sponsored by the John S. Knight Foundation. The Knight Nieman Fellows are chosen for their interest in seeking innovative ideas in journalism, with the financial and logistical aid of the Nieman Foundation.


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