ASC@Penn News Digest, April 2020


Book Chapters

Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.: “Forward” in Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (University of Minnesota Press)

Professor Sarah J. Jackson: “Visualizing Diversity: Data Deficiencies and Semiotic Strategies” in Data Visualization in Society (Amsterdam University Press)

Journal Articles

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson: “The Relation between Media Consumption and Misinformation at the Outset of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in the US” (Misinformation Review)

Professor Duncan Watts: “Measuring the Predictability of Life Outcomes with a Scientific Mass Collaboration” (PNAS)

Postdoctoral Fellow Boaz Hameiri: "Interventions to Change Well‐Anchored Attitudes in the Context of Intergroup Conflict" (Social and Personality Psychology Compass)

Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen: “Journalists’ Mnemonic Techniques and the Rise of Trumpism” (Communication, Culture & Critique)

Book Reviews, Commentaries, and Essays

Professor Jessa Lingel: “A Conversation with Nancy Baym, Author of Playing to the Crowd” [AUDIO]

Research Reports

Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen: “The Rise of the Security Champion: Beta-testing Newsroom Security Cultures” (Tow Center)

In the Media

Forbes: “Social Norms Can Spread Like a Virus” mentioned research by Professor Damon Centola.

Washington Post: “You Can Help Slow the Virus if You Talk about it Accurately Online” was written by Professor Emily Falk.

Boston Review: “Body Politics” quoted Professor Sarah J. Jackson.

UVA Today: “On the Prowl for a Good Book? These Folks From Across Grounds Have You Covered” recommended Professor Sarah J. Jackson’s book #HashtagActivism.

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Los Angeles Review of Books: “Teaching American Studies in the Middle East” quoted Professor Marwan M. Kraidy.

Newsweek: “The Pollsters Got It Wrong When Trump Took on Hillary in 2016. Can You Trust Them This Time?” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Washington Post: “Will the Coronavirus Make Conservatives Love Government Spending?” was written by Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Professor Jessa Lingel was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

The American Scholar: “Can You Hear Me Now?” mentioned research by Professor Emeritus Carolyn Marvin.

USA Today: “America Has Suffered Great Loss Before. Here’s How We May Learn to Cope with Coronavirus Death Toll.” quoted Professor Emeritus Carolyn Marvin.

The Atlantic: “Trump’s Plan to Save His Presidency” quoted Professor Diana C. Mutz.

Jacobin: “Coronavirus Is Hammering the News Industry. Here’s How to Save It.” was written by Professor Victor Pickard.

Professor Victor Pickard was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

CNN Business: “These Companies Are Begging You Not to Use Their Products During the Crisis” quoted Professor Joseph Turow.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Pre-Coronavirus TV Commercials Make Us Cringe; New Ads Reflect a Time of Threat” quoted Professor Joseph Turow.

New Scientist: “There Probably Isn’t as Much Fake News in the Media as We Think” quoted Professor Duncan J. Watts.

Professor Barbie Zelizer was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Politico: “Trump Personalizes the Coronavirus — Through a Political Lens” interviewed Visiting Scholar Al Felzenberg.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Virtual Annenberg Event Describes How Journalists Face Online Trolling and Censorship” covered Visiting Scholar Silvio Waisbord’s Center for Media at Risk virtual colloquium.

Familiar Shapes Podcast: “Episode 1: Magnum Opus Postmortem” interviewed Doctoral Candidate Douglas Guilbeault. [AUDIO]

Columbia Journalism Review: "Newsroom Information Security after Snowden" was written by Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen.

Penn School of Arts and Sciences: “Containers, Modular Systems, and Intellectual Affects” was written by Doctoral Student Heather Jaber.

Heart & Soul: “Breaking the Mold: Higher Education Pivots Amid Pandemic” was written by Doctoral Student Staci Jones.

The Digitial Radical: "THE BADASS ARMY: A Radical Response to Cyber-Sexual Harassment" was written by Doctoral Student Sophie Maddocks.

Penn School of Social Policy and Practice: “’Cultural Storytelling is Necessary in Order to Change Policy’: Q&A with PhD Student, Leeway Transformation Awardee” interviewed Doctoral Student Melissa Skolnick-Noguera.

WHYY’s Radio Times: “The White House Coronavirus Briefing Dilemma” interviewed Managing Editor Lori Robertson. [AUDIO]

Awards & Honors

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. [READ MORE]

Professor Barbie Zelizer was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). [READ MORE]

Doctoral Student Kelly Diaz has been elected President of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2020-21 school year. [READ MORE]

Doctoral Student Ava Kikut and Doctoral Student Sophie Maddocks have been named 2020-22 Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center. [READ MORE]

Doctoral Candidate Muira McCammon has received the 2020 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students. [READ MORE]

Research Coordinator Silicia Lomax received the Andy Binns Impact Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate & Professional Student Life from the University of Pennsylvania.

At the Podium

Professor Damon Centola was a panelist in an online discussion entitled “Pandemic Life — Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them.”

Professor Jessa Lingel gave a virtual lecture at the University of Colorado entitled “The Craigslist Ethic: A Web 1.0 Vision of Online Democracy.”

Professor Victor Pickard was a panelist for the following virtual roundtable discussions:

Visiting Scholar Silvio Waisbord gave a Center for Media at Risk colloquium entitled “Mob Censorship: Online Intimidation of Journalists and the Risks of Digital Publicity.”

Postdoctoral Fellow LaCharles Ward gave a Center for Media at Risk colloquium entitled “The Lively Dead: Carrie Mae Weems, Photography, and Black Life’s Requiem.”

Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen gave a virtual presentation entitled "Information Security and Covid-19" as part of Columbia Journalism Review's Reporting and Covid: Conversations for Journalists webinar series.

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) welcomed Lindsay Palmer for a book talk on The Fixers: Local News Workers and the Underground Labor of International Reporting.

The Center on Digital Culture and Society hosted its virtual launch symposium, entitled “Social Justice and the Remaking of Technological Cultures.”

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