First week of school, wednesday

Stephen Heidt (University 2CI Fellow and ABD in the doctoral program) was recently notified that he has not only received dissertation funding support from the university, a 2013-2014 grant that will enable his work in the presidential archives (Eisenhower, Truman, Nixon especially), but is being named a William M. Suttles Fellow, an award reserved for only the top two doctoral students at the university receiving dissertation research grants.  This is wonderful news, and the first time in the department’s history one of these awards has been won by a Communication student.  Heidt is advised by Prof. Mary Stuckey.

Romulo Pires has defended his M.A. creative project, a film entitled “The Red Claw.”  The thesis committee was chaired by Prof. Ly Bolia.

On December 4, doctoral student Nick Sciullo successfully defended his comprehensive examinations.

On Friday (12/6/13), Jennifer Jiles and Natalie Tindall organized for a group of our best PR students to tour the new offices of Edelman, the global communication firm whose Atlanta operations are run in Midtown.  The visit included a Q&A with account executives.

Miglena Sandmeier defended her M.A research thesis (12-5-13).  Advised by Leonard Teel, and having completed coursework in the Mass Communication sequence, the project is entitled:  “The Bulgarian Horrors Through the Eyes of an American Journalist: Januarius Alloysius MacGahan’s Role in the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire – 1876-1878.”

Tony Lemieux (Associate Professor of Communication), after making research presentations in November at the Biennial International Conference of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (Chicago), at the Georgia Tech Department of Economics, and at the American Society of Criminology conference (held in Atlanta), is slated to make a number of further presentations this month.  They include:

  • Lemieux, A. F. (December, 2013). Terrorism and the media.  Invited lecture presentation and course materials for inclusion in the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Understanding the terrorist threat: Who terrorists are, what they do, and how they do it. Course directed by Gary LaFree & Bill Braniff.
  • Lemieux, A. F. (December, 2013). Using experimental psychology to understand individual motivations.  Invited lecture presentation and course materials for inclusion in the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Understanding the terrorist threat: Who terrorists are, what they do, and how they do it. Course directed by Gary LaFree & Bill Braniff.
  • Lemieux, A. F. (December, 2013). World AIDS Day: Featuring a discussion of a music based HIV prevention intervention for urban adolescents. Invited address, Globe Med, Emory University.  Atlanta, GA.
  • Lemieux, A. F. (December, 2013). A music based HIV prevention intervention for urban adolescents. PUHR seminar on music based HIV prevention. Invited address,Partnership for Urban Health Research, Georgia State University.  Atlanta, GA.

Mary Stuckey (Professor of Communication & Political Science) has won a small grant from the American Political Science Association that will facilitate research in Washington, DC, connected to a forthcoming book project under contract to be entitled, Rhetoric: A Presidential Briefing Book.  The APSA fund provides access to personal office space at the APSA Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs that will enable a three-week stint in the nation’s capitol to run in August or September 2014.  The physical proximity of the Centennial Center and the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program means that Centennial Center Scholars will also participate in different segments of the Congressional Fellowship program.

The e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (http://ehumanities.nl/) has awarded Ben Miller (Assistant Professor of English & Communication) a Research Fellowship position for 2014 (http://ehumanities.nl/news-general/e-humanities-group-visiting-fellows-call/).  Ben will be in residence in Amsterdam from April through June or July of 2014.  The fellowship consists of working with researchers affiliated with the group, giving one public lecture, and conducting a workshop.  Or, as they describe it, “these visiting fellowships are intended to enable scholars working in computational humanities to conduct research and to participate in the academic life of the eHumanities Group of the KNAW.”

At the College of Arts and Sciences faculty meeting last week, several of our colleagues were elected to College-wide service appointments.  The College elected three representatives to a new university-level committee that will approve College and departmental promotion manuals for non-tenure track faculty, and Jaye Atkinson(Associate Professor) was elected to that group.  Rasha Ramzy (Senior Lecturer) was elected to serve on the college Lecturer Promotion Committee.  Shirlene Holmes(Associate Professor) was elected to the college Academic Professional Promotion Committee.