Research

Are Union Nurses Feminists? Lingel Studies Tensions Between Feminism and Union Organizing

Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association (CNA) is one of the most powerful nursing unions in the country. CNA has more than 100,000 members who work in over 200 facilities. Many of these members connect their profession and their union work with social justice and have self-described socialist and/or activist leanings. Why then do the members, who are largely women, seem hesitant to connect themselves with feminism?

For People with Strong Life Purpose, Making Healthier Choices May Be Less Effortful, New Study Shows

Ever wonder how some people seem to meet their fitness goals with ease and love eating healthy foods while other folks constantly struggle to do either? According to a new study from the Communication Neuroscience Lab at the Annenberg School, people with stronger life purpose are more likely to accept messages promoting health behavior change than those with weaker sense of purpose. And this might be because they experience less decisional conflict while considering health advice.

Do Most Americans Believe in Human-Caused Climate Change? It Depends on How You Ask.

What percentage of Americans believe in human-caused climate change?

The answer depends on what is asked – and how. In a new study, researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the Annenberg School for Communication found that “seemingly trivial decisions made when constructing questions can, in some cases, significantly alter the proportion of the American public who appear to believe in human-caused climate change.”

New Study Develops Intervention to Increase Healthy Behavior among South African Adolescents

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the leading causes of death are changing. Fewer people are dying of infectious diseases like malaria or tuberculosis, but non-communicable diseases — including heart disease and diabetes — are on the rise. Things are particularly grim in South Africa, where citizens are just as likely to die from a non-communicable disease as they are from anything else.

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.

Undergrad Amanda Damon (C'19) Explores Immigration Reform for Senior Honors Thesis

Over winter break, while many undergraduates were busy catching up on sleep, Communication major Amanda Damon (C’19) was collecting data on immigration and civil rights legislation and reform for her senior honors thesis. For months, she had been corresponding with librarians and archivists at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas and the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California in preparation to visit them in January.

CARGC Focus on Connecting Global Scholars Drives Its Future Goals

Over the last two decades, the standard of living has risen for many in Vietnam, but there has also been an increase in fears around adulterated or toxic food. In light of this, many Vietnamese mothers are faced with immense anxiety over the well-being of their children.

Postdoctoral Fellow Giang Nguyen-Thu, a Vietnamese mother herself, has been conducting fieldwork in Vietnam to investigate how the internet — and particularly social media — shape the ways these mothers deal with their concerns about food, education, and the environment.

New Democracy & Information Group Studies Political Communication

How do political communication and other forms of information affect a civil society? How does political polarization impact information sharing, voting, and other parts of American democracy?

The Democracy & Information Group (DIG), a newly established working group led by Professor Yphtach Lelkes, aims to answer these questions. The group brings together graduate students interested in researching topics related to political communication, particularly how new media impact polarization and incivility.

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