ASC@Penn News Digest, Feb. 4


Book Chapter

Annenberg Lecturer Susan Haas (Gr'13) wrote the chapter "Radio Free Europe's Central Newsroom: Journalists as Emigres" in the book Voice of Freedom -- Western Interference? 60 Years of Radio Free Europe (Collegium Carolinum).

Journal Articles


Postdoctoral Fellow Morgan Ellithorpe and Senior Research Scientist Amy Bleakley: "Wanting to See People Like Me? Racial and Gender Diversity in Popular Adolescent Television" (Journal of Youth and Adolescence)

Senior Research Scientist Amy Bleakley and Professor Amy Jordan: "Weight Stigmatization Moderates the Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage-Related PSAs Among U.S. Parents" (Media Psychology)

Annenberg Public Policy Center Research Director Dan Romer: "Youth Violence: What We Know and What We Need to Know" (American Psychologist) READ MORE

Annenberg Public Policy Center Research Director Dan Romer: "Graphic Warning Labels Elicit Affective and Thoughtful Responses from Smokers: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial" (PLOS One) READ MORE

Awards & Honors

The Annenberg Public Policy Center received a three-year, $745,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the way that risky health behaviors are portrayed in popular entertainment. 

Choice Magazine, a publication of the American Library Association, named Professor Diana Mutz's book In-Your-Face Politics to its 2015 Outstanding Academic Titles list, an honor it bestowed this year to 606 titles of the 6,500 titles reviewed in the magazine last year and more than 25,000 titles submitted for review. 

Graduate Student Christin Scholz, Graduate Student Elisa Baek, Research Scientist Matthew B. O'Donnell, Postdoctoral Fellow Hyun Suk Kim, Professor Joseph Cappella, and Professor Emily Falk have been awarded an International Communication Association (ICA) Top Paper Award in the Mass Communication Category for the paper “The Value of Sharing: A Neural Model of Self-Related and Social Processing in Value-Based Virality.” She will receive the award at the ICA Annual Conference this June in Fukuoka, Japan.

Doctoral Student John Vilanova has been named the interim editor of Musiquology, a site whose mission is to make the scientific study of music "attractive, fun and accessible to audiences around the world."

In the Media

The Daily Pennsylvanian: "Phila. newspapers donated to nonprofit in landmark move" quotes and describes the new role in the non-profit of Dean Michael Delli Carpini. In addition, "Tweets and GIFs: A gateway to political discourse" quotes Annenberg Public Policy Center Director and Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Professor Barbie Zelizer. "Penn fellow weighs in on the meaning of terrorism" interviews George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Piotr Szpunar.

Al DIA News: "Ramos, Lenfest embark on brave new journalistic venture" and "Who are the new media institute's managers?" mention the participation of Dean Michael Delli Carpini in the Institute of Journalism in New Media.

Los Angeles Times: "As Clinton seeks to break the glass ceiling, many young feminists shrug" quotes Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.  She was also quoted by Fox Business in "Big Names Backing 2016 Candidates; Will It Help?" In addition, she spoke on National Public Radio's On Point show about presidential debates and to ABC News in "What Donald Trump's First Television Ad Means for the 2016 Race."

Nieman Reports: "How Newsrooms Handle Graphic Images of Violence" quotes Professor Barbie Zelizer.

Wall Street Journal: "Privacy Policies More Readable, But Still Hard to Understand" quotes Professor Joseph Turow.

Several outlets covered Professor Joseph Turow's comments at PrivacyCon (see "At the Podium" below):

Dayton Daily News: "Incivility in American Politics" cites the work of Professor Diana Mutz.

Philadelphia Inquirer: "Penn study looks for healthy habits on TV shows" is a Q&A with Patrick Jamieson, director of the Adolescent Health and Risk Communication Institute of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

The Atlantic: "How Trump is Exposing Media's Diversity Problem" quotes Doctoral Student Alex T. Williams

PRX: "Notes on Aspiration" is an audio essay by Graduate Student Kevin Gotkin.

Motherboard (Vice): "What Happens to the Data Collected On Us While We Sleep" quote Doctoral Student Tim Libert.

Penn Current: "Changing people's minds requires evidence -- not just guesswork" spotlights the work of Professor Diana Mutz's undergraduate students. Also, "Student Spotlight with Emily Hund" profiled Doctoral Student Emily Hund.

Philly Voice: "Penn study will look at how TV promotes a 'culture of health'" describes a new grant to the Annenberg Public Policy Center (see below).

At the Podium 

Professor Marwan Kraidy gave the lecture "The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World" at the American University of Beirut.

Professor Joseph Turow spoke on the panel "The Current State of Online Privacy" at the Federal Trade Commission's PrivacyCON.

Professor Guobin Yang recently gave several talks in Hong Kong:

Numerous members of the Communication Neuroscience Lab presented posters or talks at the 2016 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference. They include:

  • Postdoctoral Scholar Emile Bruneau gave a talk entitled, "The Forces that Divide Us: The roles of social dominance, hatred and (meta)dehumanization in real intergroup conflict."
  • Doctoral Student Elisa Baek, Doctoral Candidate Chris Cascio, Research Scientist Matthew O'Donnell, and Professor Emily Falk presented the poster "Personal distress and neural mechanisms of social influence."
  • Research Coordinator Elizabeth Beard, Doctoral Candidate Chris Cascio, Research Scientist Matthew O'Donnell, and Professor Emily Falk presented the posters "Neural mechanisms across distinctive social influence activities" and "Socioeconomic status moderates neural mechanisms associated with social influence"
  • Doctoral Student Christin Scholz and Professor Emily Falk presented the poster "Does self equal value? An fMRI study on the neural distinction of self- and value-related processing in VMPFC."

The Scholars Program in Culture and Communication held its Spring 2016 Intro Colloquium with Visiting Scholars Susan Douglas and David Hesmondhalgh.

Graduate Student Tim Libert spoke at the "Privacy and Surveillance" session of the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference in Brussels.

The Center for Global Communication Studies held the conference "Honing the Visual: Evolving Practices in Human Rights Work" at the Annenberg School.

The Penn Tobacco Center on Regulatory Science sponsored a seminar by Andrea Villanti entitled "Impact of E-cigarette Advertising on Susceptibility and Trial of E-cigarettes in US Young Adults" as well as a seminar by Matthew C. Farrelly entitled "Adolescents and E-cigarettes: Digging Deeper."

The Annenberg School co-sponsored the 15th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice. Two co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, spoke in conversation with Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies, and Education Camille Z. Charles. 

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