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M&C Student Sam Srauy Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Sam Srauy, who successfully defended his dissertation on April 10, 2014. The title of his dissertation is “Speaking About Race: Biopower and Racism in the Videogame Landscape.” The members of his dissertation examination committee were Jan Fernback (Chair), Nancy Morris, Hector Postigo, and Casey O’Donnell (Michigan State University; outside reader).

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M&C Student Carrie Teresa Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Carrie Teresa, who successfully defended her dissertation on April 9, 2014. The title of her dissertation is “Looking at the Stars: The Black Press, African American Celebrity Culture and Critical Citizenship in Early Twentieth Century America, 1895-1935.” The members of her dissertation examination committee were Carolyn Kitch (Dissertation Chair), Andrew Mendelson, Susan Jacobson (Florida International University), and Linn Washington (Department of Journalism; outside reader).

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M&C Student Chiaoning Su Awarded Fellowship

Congratulations to M&C student Chiaoning Su, who has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Grant for fall 2014 by the University Fellowship Committee of the Graduate Board of Temple University. The award is a $10,000 stipend with no teaching or other obligation and is intended to allow doctoral candidates to devote full-time effort on the completion of their degree.

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M&C Student Angela Cirucci Accepted to Oxford’s 2014 Doctoral Programme

Congratulations to M&C student Angela Cirucci, who was recently awarded a place in the Oxford Internet Institute’s 2014 Summer Doctoral Programme. Angela will spend two weeks at the University of Oxford working with the Internet Institute’s faculty and presenting her dissertation research. More information is available here.

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M&C Student Maria Cipollone Publishes Article and Joins Zynga

Congratulations to M&C student Maria Cipollone, who has accepted a position at Zynga and will move to San Francisco, California on April 2.

In other news, Maria’s article titled “Minecraft as a Creative Tool: A Case Study,” with Catherine C. Schifter (College of Education) and Rick A. Moffat (Computer Services) will be published in the July 2014 issue of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning.

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M&C Student Michael Plugh Passes Comprehensive Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Michael Plugh, who has completed and passed his preliminary examinations. The members of Michael’s examination committee were Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic: National Identity), Nancy Morris, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Theory), Brooke Duffy, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Research Methods).

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M&C Student Elizaveta Provorova Passes Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Elizaveta Provorova, who has completed and passed her preliminary examinations. The members of Elizaveta’s examination committee were Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic: Communication Theory), Brooke Duffy, Ph.D. (Communication Research Methods), and Adrienne Shaw, Ph.D. (Politics of Representation).

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Congratulations to Sam Srauy

Congratulations to M&C student Sam Srauy and his spouse Amanda Browning, who are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Rose. Madeline was born on Wednesday February 5 at 10 am. Sam reports that “she is 6 lbs 14 oz and 20 inches of cuteness and that Mom and baby are doing well — exhausted, but well.”

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M&C Student Angela Cirucci Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Angela M. Cirucci, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on January 27, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “The Structured Self: Authenticity, Agency, & Anonymity in Social Networking Sites” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Brooke E. Duffy (Chair), Matthew Lombard, Hector Postigo, and Pablo Vila (Department of Sociology).

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Research unveils how brands leverage the Olympics

By Jeff Cronin
SMC Communications

Every two years, athletes from all over the world showcase their talents on the Olympic stage. But over the past decade, this stage has become more of a fashion catwalk.

With designers like Ralph Lauren and Armani behind the uniforms of Team U.S.A. and Team Italy, the high culture of fashion and the mass-culture appeal of sports have collided, says Susannah Cobb McMonagle, a PhD student pursuing her degree in media and communication. The increasing presence of fashion brands at the Olympics “points to emerging trends in promotional culture. The fashion and sport industries are … Read more »

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