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HDSHC Advisor and Student Receive Outstanding Achievement and Excellence Awards

Megan Fisk, doctoral student, has been awarded one of the inaugural College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Awards for 2013-2014. This new award is designed to reward outstanding doctoral and masters students recognized nationally or internationally for their initiative and achievements. "Opportunities such as this draw attention to the critical role graduate students play in forwarding the university's mission of becoming global leaders of discovery and innovation" says Fisk, whose research studies offer insight into more effective suicide prevention in the military.


Carol Comito, academic success specialist, has been named one of the CSW 2014 Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award Recipients. Each year, the Commission on the Status of Women seeks to honor those individuals, groups, or teams for their outstanding achievements towards advancing the status of women and other underrepresented groups at ASU. Individuals are nominated by colleagues, students, and organizations.


HDSHC Professor Travels the Road to the Presidency

Paul Mongeau, professor and associate director, assumed the position President-Elect of the Western States Communication Association (i.e., WSCA) at the February conference in Anaheim, California. As President-Elect, Mongeau will serve as the Primary Program Planner for the 2015 WSCA convention in Spokane, WA. 


Paul Mongeau (President-Elect) and Patty O'Keefe (President) at WSCA 2014

Dr. Mongeau previously served as First Vice-President of WSCA where he served as Assistant Program Planner to President Patty O’Keefe (College of Marin) for WSCA 2014. His leadership role will continue on as WSCA President of WSCA in 2015 and Past-President in 2016.

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International Media Coverage of Dr. Cheong's Research on Digital Religion, Social Media, and Culture

Dr. Pauline Hope CheongAssociate Professor Pauline Hope Cheong was interviewed for a feature story on religion and social media for the Dutch newspaper NRC, which is one of the highest circulated daily newspapers in the Netherlands. In her hour-long interview, she discussed the opportunities and challenges of social media for international religious leaders and their authority. Her insights were published in their page long article, entitled, “Zijne Heiligheid op Instagram” (His Holiness on Instagram).

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Local and International speaking Honors for Dr. Pauline Hope Cheong

Associate Professor Associate Professor Pauline Hope Cheong was invited to speak at the University of Texas at Austin in November 2013, where she participated in the “Networked China” conference which discussed global dynamics of digital media and civic engagement. She presented the paper entitled, “Memetic Engagement as Middle Path Resistance: Contesting Mainland Chinese Immigration and Social Cohesion” which was co-authored with her doctoral advisee and student Yashu Chen. In light of the corporeal and symbolic expansion of Chinese presence globally, this paper examines the key online memes that have emerged in relation to the intensification of mainland Chinese immigration or the “Mainland invasion” to Hong Kong and Singapore. This paper argued that as lay online interactants consume, produce and share alternative or unorthodox texts related to the heated topic of migration, the potential of online memes to catalyze and facilitate social change has significant meaning for civic participation and the restructuring of state authority relations in contexts of strong media and government regulation.


In February 2014, Associate Professor Pauline Hope Cheong was invited to speak at the top two research universities in Singapore. She was a participant in the “Cultural industries and Convergence” workshop, organized by the National University of Singapore where international and local faculty discussed issues related to media convergence, transmediation and new digital literacies. She was also honored with the invitation to serve as the speaker for the Singapore Internet Research Center seminar presentation. Drawing upon her recent projects on spiritual nonprofits and digital media innovations, she presented her research on the “Rise of Global Religious Organizing: Authority, Community & Mediated Paradoxes” to faculty, staff and graduate students at the Nanyang Technological University.


Faculty and Graduate Students Receive WSCA 2014 Top Papers and Awards

The Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students will receive top paper awards and recognitions at the Western States Communication Association’s convention in Anaheim, CA on February 14-18, 2014. This year’s convention theme is “Transfer”.


Paul Mongeau, professor and associate director, currently serves as First Vice-President of WSCA. At the end of the 2014 WSCA conference, Dr. Mongeau will serve as President-Elect of WSCA. His leadership role will continue on as President of WSCA in 2015. Dr. Mongeau also serves as Assistant Program Planner for WSCA 2014 and Primary Program Planner for WSCA 2015 in Spokane, WA.


The Western States Communication Association’s purpose is to unite people in the Western States who have an academic, lay or professional interest in communication and who want to promote their mutual educational interests. WSCA includes members from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii as well as from the other 37 states and other countries.


Top Paper Awards:

Amira De la Garza, co-author Terrie Wong Top

Paper, Intercultural Communication

Passive Heterophily in the Transfer of Buddhist Traditions to the United States: Locating Hidden Ethnocentrism in Communication Practices

Kory Floyd

Top Four Paper, Interpersonal Communication

Skin Hunger: Relational and Health Correlates of Affection Deprivation

Terrie Wong, co-author Amira de la Garza

Top Paper, Intercultural Communication

Passive Heterophily in the Transfer of Buddhist Traditions to the United States: Locating Hidden Ethnocentrism in Communication Practices

Megan Fisk

Top student paper, Health Communication

Asking about Suicide Ideation: Using the Theories of Reasoned Action and of Planned Behavior to Aid the United States Army’s Suicide Intervention Program


A complete listing of all papers, presentations, and awards by the Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students.

HDSHC Professor Offers Tips for 2014 Game Plan

Sarah Tracy, associate professor, offers tips on how to map out a plan to achieve your goals, whether a 2014 resolution, travel plans, or a new hobby. Read the ASUnews article


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 Framework. 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

Interpersonal Communication

Top Four Paper

Affectionate communication is associated with immunologic and cardiologic health markers

Graduate Students:

Keri Fehrenbach

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

Brandon Ferderer

Performance Studies Division

Debut Paper Award

Redefining the Local: Architecture, Community Mapping and Cartographic Countercultures

Shuzhen Huang

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 in 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 at Fudan UniversityDr. 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 Davis at NIHDr. 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

Intercultural faculty and new colleaguesThe 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

Robert KastenbaumAuthor, 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.


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