ASC@Penn News Digest, Oct. 9

The faculty and students of the Annenberg School for Communication are an accomplished and productive group. With this news digest, we will regularly update you on their latest scholarship, writing, media appearances, awards, and lectures. To share your news in a future edition, please email Julie Sloane at



Professor Guobin Yang is the editor of a new book, China’s Contested Internet (NIAS Press). Read more

Journal Articles

Doctoral Students Jingwen Zhang, Devon Brackbill, and Sijia Yang and Professor Damon Centola: "Efficacy and causal mechanism of an online social media intervention to increase physical activity: Results of a randomized controlled trial" Preventative Medicine Reports 

Professor Amy Jordan and Senior Research Scientist Amy Bleakley“Sugar-Sweetened Beverage-Related Public Service Advertisements and Their Influence on Parents” American Behavioral Scientist 

Professor Emily Falk“Bridging Media Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience: Challenges and Opportunities” Journal of Media Psychology" and “Can Text Messages Increase Empathy and Prosocial Behavior? The Development and Initial Validation of Text to Connect” PLOS ONE 

Professor Sandra González-Bailón“Networked Discontent: The Anatomy of Protest Campaigns in Social Media” Social Networks

Professor Barbie Zelizer: "Terms of Choice: Uncertainty, Journalism, and Crisis" Journal of Communication

Doctoral Student Jingwen Zhang and Professor John Jemmott"Mediation and Moderation of an Efficacious Theory-Based Abstinence-Only Intervention for African American Adolescents" Health Psychology

Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science Research Director Laura Gibson, alumni Andy Tan (Gr'13), Nehama Lewis (Gr'10), and Lourdes Martinez (Gr'11), and Professor Robert Hornik: "Non-medical information seeking amid conflicting health information: Negative and positive effects on prostate cancer screening" Health Communication

Postdoctoral Fellow Piotr Szpunar“From the Other to the Double: Identity in Conflict and the Boston Marathon Bombing” Communication, Culture & Critique

Doctoral Student Sun-ha Hong: “Presence, or the sense of being-there and being-with in the new media society” First Monday and “Subjunctive and Interpassive 'Knowing' in the Surveillance Society” Media and Communication 

In the Media

Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, CNN, and more: Multiple stories by or featuring Professor Barbie Zelizer and her expertise about violent imagery in the media. 

Washington Post: “How Apple is trying to protect your privacy as its products get more personal” quotes Professor Joseph Turow.

The Daily Pennsylvanian: “The Many Faces of Sharrona Pearl” profiles Professor Sharrona Pearl.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Could changing the brain help smokers quit?” covers Professor Caryn Lerman's National Cancer Institute grant.

Psychology Today: "Could a Social Network Motivate You to Exercise More?" covers a new study (see above) by Doctoral Students Jingwen ZhangDevon Brackbill, and Sijia Yang and Professor Damon Centola.

Washington Post: “Americans see Muslims as less than human. No wonder Ahmed was arrested” co-authored by Emile Bruneau, Visiting Scholar at Annenberg’s Communication Neuroscience Lab.

openDemocracy: "Is this China's Chernobyl Moment?" by Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication Postdoctoral Fellow Maria Repnikova.

The Guardian: “Google is returning to China? It never really left” by Maria Repnikova and Doctoral Student Tim Libert.

Good Morning America: “Online medical searches may be sold to the highest bidder” [VIDEO] features Doctoral Student Tim Libert.

The Atlantic: “The Invisible Labor of Fashion Blogging” by Doctoral Student Emily Hund and alum Brooke Erin Duffy (Gr’11).

Politico: “Why China Wants a Jeb-vs.-Hillary Race” quotes Doctoral Student Kecheng Fang.


Professor Guobin Yang was awarded one of the inaugural grants from the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund to establish Penn Media Scholars in China. Read more. 

Professor Emily Falk has been named a 2015 PopTech Fellow.

Professor Dan Hopkins won the Clarence Stone Award, given by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, as well as the 2015 Warren Miller Prize. Read more. 

Professor Victor Pickard received the top History faculty paper at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference for the paper “Charles Siepmann: A Forgotten Pioneer of Critical Media Policy Research.”

At the Podium

The 2015 Annenberg Lecture featured CBS News congressional correspondent and former Penn communications major Nancy Cordes delivering the talk, "Chasing the Scooby Van and Tracking Trump to the Border: Covering the Wild Ride that is the 2016 Presidential Campaign."

Professor Sharrona Pearl spoke at Drexel University College of Medicine's Grand Rounds, giving the talk "Face/Off or On? Face Transplants and the Resistance to Categorization." 

Professor Marwan Kraidy delivered the keynote speech, “Burning Man and Laughing Cow: Digital Dissent and Democratic Divides,” at the Frontiers of New Media Symposium “Digital Democracy-Digital Divides” at the University of Utah. He was also a critical respondent at the New York University research workshop, “Subtitling Islam: Translation, Meditation, Critique.”

The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication recently held its Distinguished Lecture in Global Communication, featuring Arjun Appadurai​ on "The Academic Digital Divide and Uneven Global Development." Appadurai also gave a master class titled "Failure and Mediation" to Annenberg graduate students.

The Scholars Program in Culture and Communication held its intro colloquium to welcome Visiting Scholars Kelly Gates and Sonia Livingstone. Gates also presented a Scholars Colloquium, "The Work of Wearing Cameras."

The Center for Global Communication Studies recently held a conference in Istanbul, "Internet Policy in the MENA Region: Research Methods for Advocates." CGCS also held a Fall 2015 Visiting Scholar lunchtime discussion with Altug AkinElena Sherstoboeva, and Fei Yao as well as a seminar by Lucy Purdon entitled "Security v Access: The impact of mobile network shutdowns on human rights, case study: Telenor Pakistan."

Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication Postdoctoral Fellow Maria Repnikova spoke at Cornell University on the topic "Critical Journalists and the State in China: The Case of Guarded Improvisation."

The Penn Tobacco Center on Regulatory Science held a seminar by Eric Donny entitled "Product Standards for Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes: The Science Related to Potential Benefits, Risks and Impact on Health."

Annenberg held its first Elihu Katz Colloquium Lecture of the semester, with Vincent Mosco delivering the lecture, "The Next Internet: the Cloud, Big Data, and the Internet of Things."

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