ASC@Penn News Digest, Nov. 20


Journal Articles

Doctoral Candidate Chris Cascio, Research Scientists Matthew Brook O'Donnell, Professor Emily Falk: "Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is reinforced by future orientation" (Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience)

Doctoral Student Tim Libert: "What web browsing reveals about your health" (BMJ)

Doctoral Student Sun-ha Hong: "Subjunctive and Interpassive 'Knowing' in the Surveillance Society" (Media and Communication)

Awards & Honors

Several Annenberg School faculty and students won best paper awards at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas. These include Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor Victor Pickard, Postdoctoral Fellow Qinghua (Candy) Yang, and Doctoral Student Doron Taussig. Read their abstracts here.

Annenberg Public Policy Center Visiting Scholar Dietram A. Scheufele has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on Human Gene Editing: Scientific, Medical and Ethical Considerations.

In the Media

New York Magazine: "Brain Scans Can Help Explain Why Self-Affirmation Works" covers new research by Graduate Student Chris Cascio, Research Scientist Matthew Brook O'Donnell, and Professor Emily Falk.

Fortune: "Why Online Tracking Could Hurt the Future of Media Companies" provided commentary by Professor Victor Pickard and Doctoral Student Tim Libert.

Medium: "When The News Reads You Back: Why Journalists Need to Stand Up for Reader Privacy" comments on the research of Professor Victor Pickard and Doctoral Student Tim Libert.

Minnesota Public Radio: "Trump's 'comic-book' campaign and what would make debates more meaningful" is a radio conversation with Professor and Annenberg Public Policy Center Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson

New York Times: "Why Your Kids Love Snapchat, and Why You Should Let Them" cites a study by Professor Emily Falk.

PopTech: A PopTalk given by Professor Emily Falk linking brain imaging to behavioral outcomes is now online here. [VIDEO]

Ad Exchanger: "FTC: Misleading Privacy Policies Could Trigger An Enforcement Action" cites research by Professor Joseph Turow.

Knowledge @ Wharton SiriusXM Channel 111: Professor Victor Pickard spoke about the continual transition from print to digital journalism and Professor Carolyn Marvin spoke about free speech versus tolerance on college campuses.

Forbes: "Myanmar And Its Film Industry Fear Election Could Mark End of Period of Freedom" was written by Professor Peter Decherney.

3620 Podcast: Annenberg's student-produced podcast released episode 64, "Leaving Iran," produced by intern Percia Verlin.

CNET: "Cord cutters cut off from presidential debates," quotes research by Peter Hart and the Annenberg Public Policy Center. and USA Today: Both republished "FactChecking the Second Democratic Debate" from

Discover: "If global warming continues unabated, humans are likely to completely remake the map of the arctic in a few decades," cites research by Annenberg Public Policy Center Postdoctoral Fellow Katy Barnhart.

openDemocracy: Doctoral Candidate Lyndsey Beutin wrote the essay, "Criminalising traffickers is an alibi for state-produced vulnerability."

Penn Priority: "Sowing the Seeds of Leadership" profiles Graduate Studies Administrative Coordinator Marcus Mundy.

At the Podium

Numerous Annenberg School faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students authored or co-authored papers that were presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference. They include Professors Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Robert Hornik, Emily Falk, and Victor Pickard; Research Scientist Matthew Brook O'Donnell; Research Director Laura Gibson; Postdoctoral Fellows Morgan Ellithorpe, Angeline (LeeAnn) Sangalang, and Qinghua (Candy) Yang; Doctoral Candidates Lyndsey Beutin and Chris Cascio​​; and Doctoral Student Doron Taussig. Read more about their research and presentations here.

Also at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Professors Peter Decherney and Kathleen Hall Jamieson were presenters and Professors Victor Pickard and Barbie Zelizer served as respondents. 

Professor Joseph Turow appeared on a panel at a Federal Trade Commission workshop about Cross-Device Tracking [VIDEO].

Professor Emily Falk appeared on the panel "Neuroscience of Persuasion" at Neuroleadership Summit 2015.

Professor Jessa Lingel presented a workshop at the Penn Department of History and Sociology of Science called "The Bookmobile as Socio-Technical Infrastructures of Resilience: Case Studies from Haiti and Palestine."

Postdoctoral Fellow Maria Repnikova took part in the panel discussion "World War II and the Geopolitics of Memory" at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Visiting Scholar Sonia Livingstone gave a Scholars Program Lecture entitled, "Children's Rights in the Digital Age: Paradoxes and Problems."

Visiting Scholar Peter Lunt delivered the Elihu Katz Colloquium Lecture, "Affect, Indignation, Critique and Deliberation: Reading Affective Publics through the Lens of The New Spirit of Capitalism."

At the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Doctoral Students Kevin Gotkin and Rosemary Clark, and Doctoral Candidate Sara Mourad spoke on the panel "How to Do Things with Media Archives," and Doctoral Students Jasmine Erdener and Rachel Stonecipher and Doctoral Candidate Alexandra Sastre spoke on the panel, "Media Triggernometry: DIgital Reckonings with Precarity." Click here for the conference program PDF.

The Scholars Program in Culture and Communication held a book talk with Sahana Udupa talking about her new book, Making News in Global India.

The Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science held a seminar with Rachel A. Smith entitled, "Toxic Talk: Investigating Message Features That Promote the Creation and Spread of Health Stigmas."

The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication held a Colloquium with Mohamed Zayani entitled, "Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia."

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