Faculty

Paxton Wins Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Felicity Paxton, Annenberg Lecturer and Director of the Penn Women’s Center (PWC), is a 2018 recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty. Two non-standing faculty members are recognized each year from across the University, one from a health related program and one from a non-health related program. Paxton will officially receive her award on Wednesday, April 25.

Crisis or Self-Correction: Rethinking How the Media Cover Science

One of the recurring media narratives about the nature of science today is that it is “broken” or “in crisis.” In the mainstream press, some stories about the failure to reproduce study results or the rising retraction rate or incidents of scientific fraud have been accompanied by assertions about a “systemic crisis” in areas of science — or in science itself.

Probabilistic Forecasting Can Mislead Voters About Certainty of Election Outcomes

Leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, probabilistic forecasting — which presents polling data as the percentage likelihood that Candidate A will win over Candidate B — was mentioned an average of 16 times per day in cable news broadcasts. Instead of predicting Hillary Clinton would win 60% of the vote, the probabilistic forecasts said she had a 70-99% chance of winning the election.

John L. Jackson, Jr. Named Dean of the Annenberg School

John L. Jackson, Jr. has been named as the next dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, effective January 1, 2019. Jackson, a faculty member at Annenberg since 2006, is currently the Dean of Penn's School for Social Policy and Practice. 

Jamieson Wins Everett M. Rogers Award From USC Annenberg

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Lokman Tsui (Ph.D. '10) Interviews Oscar Gandy on Personal Data Protection, Privacy, and Surveillance

In a recent issue of Communication and Society, Annenberg alumnus Lokman Tsui (Ph.D. '10) interviewed Professor Emeritus Oscar Gandy on his views of surveillance, privacy, and personal data protection; whether we can protect ourselves; and the role of scholars and policy makers in safeguarding our rights. With the permission of the journal, which holds the copyright, the full interview has been reproduced below.

New Book by Sandra González-Bailón: Decoding the Social World

Plenty of people on social media have an axe to grind, but why do some complaints become massive digital protests? Why do hashtags like #blacklivesmatter or #metoo become prominent in a matter of hours? How do trending topics emerge from the ever-shifting attention of the public?

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