ASC@Penn News Digest, Oct. 23



Professors Victor Pickard and Peter Decherney edited a new book, "The Future of Internet Policy" (Taylor & Francis). 

Journal Articles

Doctoral Candidate Michelle Jeong, alum Andy Tan (Gr '13), Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science Research Director Laura Gibson, and Professor Robert Hornik: "Talking about quitting: Interpersonal communication as a mediator of campaign effects on smokers' quit behaviors" Journal of Health Communication

Professor Victor Pickard has a number of recent publications, including "Media Activism from Above and Below: Lessons from the 1940s American Reform Movement" in the Journal of Information Policy and "The Return of the Nervous Liberals: Market Fundamentalism, Policy Failure, and Recurring Journalism Crises" in The Communication Review.  He also guest edited a special section in the International Journal of Communication called "Communication in Action: Bridging Research and Policy."

In the Media

New York Magazine: "Has the Age of Neuromarketing Finally Arrived" profiles a new study from Professor Emily Falk and Research Scientist Matt O'Donnell.

American Banker: "Tracking Bank Customers Online: Necessary, Stalkerish, or Both?" highlights the research of Professor Joseph Turow.

Tech Times and Penn Current: "Penn study finds online peer support increases physical activity" and "Social Media Can Motivate People To Exercise More: Here's How" profile the research of Professor Damon Centola and Doctoral Students Jingwen Zhang, Devon Brackbill, and Sijia Yang.

Philadelphia Inquirer"Mayoral candidates face tough questions - from elementary students" highlighted a mayoral forum held by the Rendell Center for Civics and Engagement, which is based at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The event also received coverage from WHYY's NewsworksNBC106ABC, and Metro.

New York Times: "Republican Voters, in Focus Group, Express Rage at Career Politicians," cites the work of pollster Peter Hart, Director of Voices of the Voters, a project at the Annenberg Public Policy CenterThe focus group was also covered on NBC News, ABC News, and in USA Today.

BBC: "The Xi Factor" documents the story of president Xi Jinping and includes commentary from Doctoral Student Kecheng Fang. [Note: At this time, the documentary is viewable only from the UK.]

Scribe Video Center ARTS ON AIR: Doctoral Student Jasmine Erdener presented at Scribe's ARTS ON AIR Listening Party through her work this summer with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. As part of that project, she produced two podcasts, available here


At the International Communication Association's annual conference next June, Professor Monroe Price will be receiving the C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy from the ICA's Philosophy of Communication and Communication Law and Policy Divisions. Read More.

At the Podium

Professor Marwan Kraidy delivered the lecture "Burning Man and Laughing Cow: Theorizing the Arab Uprisings Through the Body," at Northwestern University's Middle East & North African Studies Program's Inaugural Conference: Theorizing Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa."

The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication, directed by Professor Marwan Kraidy, held the workshop, "Corporeality in Arab Public Culture: The State of the Field," in Wassenaar, Netherlands conjunction with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. At the workshop, Doctoral Candidate Sara Mourad gave the talk, "Sexual Norms in Postwar Lebanon."

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson spoke at the Science Writers 2015 conference on the panel Covering public controversies about science topics: From GMOs, to vaccines, to climate change. She also gave the lecture "Communicating the Value and Values of Science" at Yale University's Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

Professor Sandra González-Bailón gave the keynote, "Networks, Politics, and Social Change" at “The Empiricist’s Challenge: Asking meaningful questions in political science in the age of big data” conference organized by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim.

Professor Victor Pickard spoke on a panel at a Gothenberg University conference titled, "Communicative democracy. Protecting, promoting and developing free speech in the digital era." He also gave a talk at Stockholm University about his book "America's Battle for Media Democracy" (Cambridge University Press).

Visiting Scholar Kelly Gates delivered the Scholars Program lecture, "Policing Images: Video Evidence and Its Expert Witness." 

Annenberg Public Policy Center Visiting Scholar Dietram A. Scheufele gave the talk, "The Brave New World of (Science) Communication: How We All Make Sense of Complex Information in Modern News Environments," as part of the APPC Speaker Series (2015-2016).

Doctoral Students Rosemary Clark and Jasmine Erdener appeared on the panel "Safety and Street Harassment: Resistance in Stories and in Silence" at the Oral History Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

The Annenberg School for Communication Library organized the lecture, "Open Media Scholarship: An Informal Appraisal," given by Jeff Pooley, as part of the 2015 Colloquium on Open Access.

Lecturer Carlin Romano held a public conversation with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Antonio Monegal delivered an Elihu Katz Colloquium Lecture entitled, "Picturing Absence: Photography in the Aftermath of Violence."

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