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Communication News & Events

Communication News & Events

  •  Faculty Feats November 2012

    Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

    Rohit Chopra recently organized, moderated, and participated in a panel discussion on “Privacy and Identity in the Age of Facebook” at Bird and Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco. Rohit also presented “New Media Coverage of the 26/11 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks: Political Accountability, Democracy, and Authority” in May 2012 at Stanford University’s Practice Meets Research: Workshop on Technology and Democracy in South Asia.

    Lisa Davis appeared on a panel called “The Elbow of Justice” at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in the Spring of 2012, along with filmmaker Sarah Burns and Times writer Christopher Goffard.

    Laura Ellingson presented the 2012 DeNardo Dialogue, "Beyond bedside manner: Communication perspectives on the ‘First, do no harm’ imperative" as part of the Health & Science Horizons Series, sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Santa Clara University. “This lecture led to wonderful discussions of the possibilities for communication scholarship to promote social justice in healthcare settings and beyond,” Laura said.

    Katharine Heintz presented a paper entitled “What to Feed the Children: A Content Analysis of Food and Beverage Advertisements in Parents Magazine” at the 2012 International Communication Association conference. The article was co-authored by Michelle Biocini, a Communication major and 2011 Santa Clara University graduate.

    Christine Bachen's article, co-authored with Pedro Hernandez-Ramos and Chad Raphael, "Simulating REAL LIVES: Promoting global empathy and interest in learning through simulation games," was published in the journal Simulation and Gaming in 2012.

    SunWolf published a chapter on the dynamics of peer groups in the new textbook, "Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Communication Scholarship into Meaningful Practice," in which she describes her research with jury deliberations and the effects of social rejection in childhood play groups, as well as scholarship on gangs, super-tasking groups, and early groups of African-American cowboys.

    Barbara Kelley writes a weekly column for Huffington Post Women that examines a number of women's issues from work life balance to politics to the impact of media messages. Barbara's columns appear on Fridays; her co-author's columns (written by her daughter, Shannon) appear on Tuesdays.

    Gordon Young’s essay on Detropia, a documentary exploring the socio-economic conditions in Detroit, appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in October 2012.

    Jonathan Fung premiered Hark on the campus of Santa Clara University in 2012. The short narrative film is about a man confronted with a moral dilemma to save his own life or risk the life of another.

    Paul Soukup co-edited a book of essays with Thomas Farrell of the University of Minnesota exploring the media ecology tradition of communication research, using the writings of Walter Ong as starting points.

    Sally Lehrman published "Prejudices can be overcome step by step," an opinion essay, in the San Francisco Chronicle Insight section in 2012.

  •  Student Spotlight November 2012

    Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

    Hsin-I Cheng is working with students in the Global Interpersonal Communication (COMM 186B) course as they explore ways to reflect, connect, and communicate study abroad experiences. Students produce web-based educational material derived from academic research and personal experiences.

    Barbara Kelley’s students are partnering with the Emergency Housing Consortium for an immersion journalism project on homelessness in their Advanced Journalism (COMM 141B) course.

    Chuck Byers' Public Relations Theories and Principles (Comm150B) course is teaming with Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon team to provide marketing materials as part of a class project during the Fall quarter 2012.

    More than a dozen students from Sally Lehrman’s Introduction to Journalism: Diversity and Community (COMM 40EL) and Science News (COMM 143B) courses published their work in numerous venues, including various hyperlocal sites and SJBeez, a hyperlocal ethnic media news site. Topics included diversity at UC-Santa Cruz, designer dogs, barefoot running, the effect of technology and multitasking on our brains, and resources for teens with depression.

    Justin Boren is teaching The Biology of Human Communication (COMM 176A), a new course exploring the way biology influences communication, how our communication and interaction with others can make us healthy, and how to design communication interventions in a variety of contexts.

    Charlotta Kratz is excited about teaching a new course — Visual Cultural Communication (COMM 162B). Students will use photography to explore questions about how to represent diverse cultures and identities. The course will be offered for the first time Spring quarter 2013.