The Project for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School recently organized a pre-conference, "Influencing Outcomes: Communications Research and Global and Regional Policy Transformations," in Budapest, Hungary on June 16-17. The pre-conference was held prior to the International Communication Association's 2006 conference in Dresden, Germany.
Amy Jordan, Senior Researcher at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, published a commentary, "Toddlers at the screen: How much is too much?" in the Philadelphia Inquirer June 14 edition. Full text of the commentary appears below.
Toddlers at the screen: How much is too much?
Watching TV shows and DVDs is important for kids, say makers. But so is interacting with parents.
By Amy B. Jordan
Faculty, students, alumni and staff gathered at World Cafe Live to honor the career of Oscar Gandy, Herbert I. Schiller Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School, who retires this spring. At a party in his honor, over 100 attended to celebrate Dr. Gandy's years of service to the ASC, and to wish him well in his retirement. Dean Michael Delli Carpini, Dr. Joseph Cappella, and ASC alumni and students spoke about Dr. Gandy as a professor, mentor, colleague and friend. The School also set up a website for friends, students and colleagues to post memories for Dr. Gandy.
Annenberg School is pleased to announce that, effective July 1st, Dr. Diana Mutz will join the ASC standing faculty as the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Communication and Political Science. She also will continue to serve as Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Annenberg Ph.D. candidates Minsun Shim and Bridget Kelly, along with Professor Robert Hornik, were recently published in the Journal of Health Communication. Their article is entitled "Cancer information scanning and seeking behavior is associated with knowledge, lifestyle choices, and screening."
ASC Professor John B. Jemmott III published a commentary titled "A Setback for AIDS Fight" in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Article abstract: South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. Tragically, 6.5 million South Africans - one in five adults - now are infected. It is estimated that more than half of South Africans under the age of 15 today will die of AIDS within the next decade. An entire generation - one that has grown up free of apartheid - now faces terrible odds of survival.
David Eisenhower, Lecturer and Director of the Annenberg School's Institute for Public Service, has written an article for Spero News titled "World War II and Its Meaning For Americans." In it he warns against our schools and universities neglecting to teach military history which he believes would result in "an erasure of national memory that we can't afford. Amnesia about the wars of American history undermines Americans' ability to reach the informed decisions about military affairs that, as citizens and taxpayers, they are obliged to reach."