ASC@Penn News Digest, June 2



Professor Marwan Kraidy: The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard University Press). READ MORE.

Professor Guobin Yang: The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (Columbia University Press). READ MORE.

Journal Articles

Professor Barbie Zelizer: "Communication in the Fan of Disciplines" (Communication Theory)

Doctoral Student Stella Lee, Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science Research Director Laura Gibson, Doctoral Student Jiaying Liu, and Professor Robert Hornik: "Predictive Validity of an Empirical Approach for Selecting Promising Message Topics: A Randomized-Controlled Study" (Journal of Communication)

Doctoral Student Rosemary Clark: Book Review of Jessalynn Keller's Girls’ feminist blogging in a postfeminist age (Communication and the Public)


The Annenberg Public Policy Center conducted Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) surveys on how many Americans have taken steps to prevent themselves from getting the Zika virus and steps Americans think will help avoid the negative health effects of Zika

In the Media

NPR's Marketplace: "Silicon Valley is under a harsh spotlight" interviews Professor Joseph Turow.

Toronto Star: "Donald Trump is a fact checker's nightmare" is a Q&A with Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

New York Times: "Donald Trump Lashes Out at Media While Detailing Gifts to Veterans" quotes Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

New York Times: "50 Years After the Cultural Revolution, a Son Awaits Answers on His Father’s Death" quotes Professor Guobin Yang. (In Chinese here.)

The New Yorker: "Sting of Myself" quotes Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

History News Network: "How the Chinese Revolution Came to an End" was written by Professor Guobin Yang.

UPenn Homepage: "Urban Learning through Granola Bars, Library Books, and a Fruit Stand" profiles Professor Jessa Lingel's Urban Ethnography class. [VIDEO]

Public Books: "What's in a Face?" was written by Professor Sharrona Pearl.

Washington Post: "In a president's message to the graduates, high notes and political overtones" quotes Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson

WBUR's Here & Now: "Trying to Make Sense of China's Cultural Revolution" interviewed Professor Guobin Yang

The Nation: "How Will China Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Cultural Revolution?" cites Professor Guobin Yang's new book, The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China.

NPR's Weekend Edition: "A Portrait of the President, One Commencement Speech At A Time" quotes Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

Christian Science Monitor: "Clinton and Trump both go 'negative,' but in different ways" quotes Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

MediaPost: "FTC to Examine Privacy Policies, AdChoices Icon" cites comments by Professor Joseph Turow.

Harvard Gazette: "Divided by trade" profiles Professor Diana Mutz and her presentation at Harvard. "If ad tech is not sustainable, what can publishers do?" mentions research by Professor Joseph Turow.

Wall Street Journal: "'Bombard the Headquarters'" mentions Professor Guobin Yang's new book. (Link requires subscription.)

Huffingon Post Blog: "Clinton & Trump: The Growing Approval of Disapproval" cites Professor Diana Mutz.

NIH Director's Blog: "Snapshots of Life: Portrait of Zika Virus" cites Zika virus research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Washington Post: "New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren't offended by Redskins name" cites a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Inside Higher Ed: "Nominee for Best Commencement Speaker Introduction" applauds the rhymes of Penn Provost and Annenberg Professor Vincent Price. [VIDEO]

Politico: "Why China's Not Afraid of Donald J. Trump" quotes Doctoral Student Kecheng Fang

The Guardian: "New York Times lawsuit a symptom of US newsrooms' diversity problem" quotes research by Doctoral Student Alex T. Williams.

Washington Post: "The best commencement speeches you may have missed" includes Maria Popova (C'07) and her speech at the 2016 Annenberg undergraduate graduation ceremony. Popova also published the full text of her graduation speech online and the video is available here

Awards & Honors

Professor Klaus Krippendorff was selected to be the 36th member of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASYS). This academy recognizes outstanding contributors to cybernetics and complex systems from all over the world.

Doctoral Student Elena Maris received a 2016-17 Graduate Student Fellowship for Teaching Excellence from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Penn. Read more.

At the Podium

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson gve the keynote address at the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress annual meeting. She also spoke on “Why and How the Unique Elements in the 2016 Presidential Campaign Matter" at the Penn EVP Speaker Series hosted by Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli and she spoke at a meeting of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee to the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) on “The Science (and Art) of Science Communication.”

Professor Sandra González-Bailón presented “Communication Networks and Large-Scale Coordination (or Can We Use Social Media as an Early-Warning Device?)” at the SMaPP Global Conference in Florence, Italy.

Professor Diana Mutz gave the Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. It was entitled, "How Much is One American Worth? Public Opinion Toward Globalization."

A number of researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Center presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference:

At the World Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Conference, the following researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Center also presented:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Joseph Hilgard and Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson: "A Novel, Brief, and General Approach to Measuring Media Diet"
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Heather Akin: "Understanding Global Perceptions of Climate Change: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Values, Vulnerability, and National Characteristics"

Postdoctoral Fellow Hyun Suk Kim (Gr'14) participated in the National Cancer Institute "Sandpit" on Psychological Factors that Modify Response to Population-Level Cancer Control Strategies.

Doctoral Student Rachel Stonecipher organized a day of media studies education for a group of Roxborough High School Students. Doctoral Students Elena MarisAllyson Volinsky, Natalie Herbert, and John Vilanova also presented, along with Professor Carolyn Marvin

The Annenberg School for Communication celebrated the graduation of 77 undergraduate Communication majors and 22 doctoral students

The Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science held a seminar by Cristine Delnevo.

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