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PhD student earns large grant for dissertation work

Melissa Meade, a PhD candidate in the Media and Communication Program at Temple University, has received a $20,000 grant for fieldwork from The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in New York City. The grant marks one of the largest external awards to a School of Media and Communication graduate student.

Meade is conducting research for her dissertation entitled “In the Shadow of ‘King Coal:’ Violence, Migration and Mediation in the Anthracite Region,” which explores the restructuring of this northeastern Pennsylvania community as it moves away from a reliance on the coal industry and how that story is told in the … Read more »

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Prof. Donnalyn Pompper Publishes Article

Congratulations to Professor Donnalyn Pompper, whose article, “Female Tunisian Revolutionaries, Leadership, and Social (dis)order in Global News Production,” has been published in Mass Communication & Society (volume 17, number 4). It’s available online here.

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M&C Alum Sue Robinson Publishes Article

Congratulations to M&C alum Sue Robinson, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whose column, “Course Remix: 10 Tips for Creating a Social Media Class Out of Nothing” appeared in MediaShift this February. You can read it here.

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M&C Alum David Crider Publishes Review

Congratulations to M&C alum David Crider, whose review of “Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio” by Taylor, Katz, and Grajeda appears in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of Radio & Audio Media. You can find it online here.

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Prof. Adrienne Shaw Publishes Essay

Congratulations Professor Adrienne Shaw on the publication of her essay, “The Internet Is Full of Jerks, Because the World Is Full of Jerks: What Feminist Theory Teaches Us About the Internet” in the latest issue of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

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M&C Student Chad Sims Passes Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Chad Sims, who has completed and passed his preliminary examinations. The members of Chad’s examination committee were: Nora Alter, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic: Communication Theory), Roderick Coover, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Research Methods), Chris Cagle, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Film Studies).

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M&C Student Yuanxin Wang Passes Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Yuanxin Wang, who has completed and passed her preliminary examinations. The members of Yuanxin’s examination committee were: Deborah Cai, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic:Communication Theory), Matthew Lombard, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Research Methods), Kaibin Xu, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Organizational Communication).

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M&C Student Eloise Murphy Passes Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Eloise Murphy, who has completed and passed her preliminary examinations. The members of Eloise’s examination committee were: Brooke Duffy, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic: Communication Research Methods), Kaibin Xu, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Theory), Heath Davis, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science; examination topic: Gender and Politics).

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Prof. Donnalyn Pompper Publishes Book

Congratulations to Professor Donnalyn Pompper on the publication of her new book, Practical and Theoretical Implications of Successfully Doing Difference in Organizations (Emerald). The first volume in a series on International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, the book provides a critical interrogation of power and meanings of “difference” which suggests avenues for building theory and offers reasons why real commitment to diversity is needed, an endeavor that requires conscious and sustained effort. For more information see the article in SMC News and Events and the book’s entry on Amazon.

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M&C Student Ju Oak Kim Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Ju Oak Kim, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on April 28, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “Reprocessing Asian Values: Television, Popular Music, and Cultural Globalization in Korea.” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), Nancy Morris, and Patrick Murphy.

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