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Faculty and Graduate Students Receive Top NCA Awards and Recognitions
Faculty and graduate students with The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication will receive top paper and research awards and recognitions at the National Communication Association's annual convention in Washington, D.C. in November.
Dr. Daniel Bernardi, Dr. Pauline Cheong, Dr. Chris Lundry, and Dr. Scott Ruston
2012 Outstanding Co-Authored Book of the Year award
International and Intercultural Communication Division
Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism, and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (Rutgers University Press, 2012).
Dr. Benjamin Broome and co-author Dr. Mary Jane Collier
2012 Distinguished Scholarship Award
International and Intercultural Communication Division
top journal article or book chapter published in 2012
Culture, Communication, and Peacebuilding: A Reflexive Multi-Dimensional Contextual Framwork. Journal of Internal and Intercultural Communication, 5(4), 245-269.
Dr. Kory Floyd, co-authors: Perry Pauley, Colin Hesse, Alice Veksler, Jen Eden, Alan Mikkelson
Top Four Paper
Affectionate communication is associated with immunologic and cardiologic health markers
Health Communication Division
Competitively Selected Paper
The Health and Environmental Impacts of Meat Consumption: Using the Extended Parallel Process Model to Persuade College Students to Eat Less Meat
Performance Studies Division
Debut Paper Award
Redefining the Local: Architecture, Community Mapping and Cartographic Countercultures
Association for Chinese Communication Studies
Top Paper Award
Micro-blogging as a Public Sphere: The Possibilities of Rhetorical Resistance in Contemporary China
Lisa Van Raalte
Master’s Education Section Top Paper
Stress, Social Support, Self-Efficacy, and Performance for Collegiate Student-Athletes: An Application of the Stress-Buffering Model
For a complete listing of all papers, panels, short courses, and presentations by The Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students.
HDSHC Faculty Participate in International Academics
Dr. Pauline Hope Cheong was invited to speak at New York University in October 2013 at the conference “Religion in the Digital Age: Mediating “the Human” in a Globalizing Asia”. Her paper was entitled, “High-tech High-touch authority: Strategic Arbitration and Presentification for environmental justice among humanistic Buddhists”. She spoke at the opening plenary session and also had an opportunity to participate in a discussion with a lively audience in a fully attended lecture hall at the Tisch School of the Arts, on the topic of authority and authenticity online.
Dr. Pauline Hope Cheong was interviewed at London in June 2013 by Christopher Cotter, The Religious Studies Project, in association with the British Association for the Study of Religions. Her research on communication technologies and culture was the featured topic of the podcast, Religious Authority and Social Media. Listen to the podcast. In turn, her podcast and scholarship has been reviewed favorably by Louise Connelly, University of Edinburgh, UK, in her article "Authority online: Constructions and Implications." Read the review.
Dr. Kory Floyd spent much of July as a visiting professor in the School of Journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. While there, he taught a graduate course on interpersonal communication and made visits to Nanjing University and Xiamen University. Dr. Floyd is pictured here with Professor Chunyang Hu, who sponsored his visit. Established in 1905, Fudan University is one of the oldest and most selective universities in China.
Returning in May from his sabbatical with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, Dr. Benjamin Broome repacked his suitcase and continued traveling, this time flying east across the Atlantic. Over the summer he worked with colleagues in Ireland, Brussels, and Turkey, where he facilitated workshops dealing with a variety of important social issues. More about Dr. Broome's summer workshops.
HDSHC Professor Selected as NIH Scholar in Translational Health Disparaties
Dr. Olga Idriss Davis, associate professor in The Hugh Downs School and principal investigator of Health Disparities and Health Literacy of ASU's Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, was among scholars and clinicians competitively-selected nationwide as an NIH Scholar to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Translational Research in Health Disparities 2013 Summer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Extending her work in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and health equity, Davis spoke at the National Library of Medicine and led a group presentation of clinicians and scholars in presenting benchmarks for future research on the health of minority males in the U.S.
The Hugh Downs School Welcomes New Faculty
The Hugh Downs School welcomes Bradley Adame, assistant professor of interpersonal communication, and Uttaran Dutta, assistant professor of intercultural communication.
HDSHC intercultural faculty and new colleagues at welcome dinner. Bradley Adame bottom left and Uttaran Dutta second from bottom right.
Bradley Adame earned his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. His dissertation research tested the efficacy of theoretically designed campaign messages intended to increase levels of disaster preparedness among the citizens of Oklahoma. Before coming to Arizona State University, Adame held a post-doctoral research fellowship on the MACBETH project, a research program designed to train intelligence analysts to mitigate cognitive biases in decision-making through the use of serious video games. His current research interests include crisis/risk communication, social influence and message design, and issues related to public health and community sustainability.
Uttaran Dutta received his Ph.D. in communication from Purdue University, and Master of Design from Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He also earned a Bachelor’s in civil engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Indian academic institutions. His several research interests include participatory sustainable social change communication research, subaltern development and health communication research, interaction design research for the underserved, and visual communication research in developing countries. Study of subalterns with a critical-cultural communicative lens is the central focus of his scholarship. His current research seeks to examine how the underserved people enunciate their situated socio-political, economic realities, and articulate the contextual development issues as well as how they collectively identify and utilize locally available resources and opportunities to achieve their development goals and to overcome the adversities of everyday existence.
Welcome to New Doctoral Director
Dr. Tony Roberto has been appointed the new director for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program. We wish to welcome Dr. Roberto and to thank Dr. Jess Alberts for her service the past two years in this position.
In Memorium - Professor Emeritus Robert Kastenbaum
Author, professor and playwright Robert Jay Kastenbaum, 80, passed away July 24 in Tempe, Arizona. Kastenbaum, Professor Emeritus in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication was known by family, friends and colleagues alike for his warmth, wit and creative spark.
Globally acknowledged as an expert on the psychology of aging and death, Kastenbaum wrote and published the first textbook on the subject, Death, Society and Human Experience (1977). He also established the first university-based educational and research center on death and dying (Wayne State University, 1966), and founded and served as first editor for two important journals in the field: the International Journal of Aging and Human Development, and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. Kastenbaum's other books included The Psychology of Death (1972); Dorian, Graying: Is Youth the Only Thing Worth Having? (1995) and On Our Way: The Final Passage Through Life and Death(2004).
Kastenbaum began his career as an editor for community newspapers, but a keen interest in ideas led to a graduate scholarship in philosophy and a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Southern California (1959). He was most interested in fields of psychological study that barely existed at the time: lifespan development and aging, time perspective, creativity, and death and dying. Kastenbaum became part of an emerging cadre that overcame the prevailing neglect and resistance to these issues, working as clinician, researcher, activist and hospital administrator, as well as educator and author.
A lifelong passion for music and the theater led him to write plays, notably Tell Me About Tigers, produced by Theatre Prospero in Montreal in 2000, and several opera librettos, including Dorian, based on The Picture of Dorian Gray (1995, Hofstra University), Closing Time (1999, Pima Community College, Tucson) and American Gothic (Arizona State University, 2005). In the last few years, he penned several plays on historical subjects such as John Smith and the discovery of America, the Utopia of Saint Thomas More, and an exploration of Walt Whitman's experiences during the Civil War.