Nic Subtirelu, a doctoral student studying linguistics and one of the 2CI New Media fellows, was highlighted in a story about former New York Timesexecutive editor Jill Abramson being described as “brusque,” “condescending,” “pushy” and “very, very unpopular.” The article questioned what do we call it when a man is “pushy?” Subtirelu gathered a random sample of 200 to 300 occurrences of each of the above adjectives from the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), a repository of 450 million words from fiction and nonfiction texts published between 1990 and 2012. He found that “brusque” and “stubborn” were equal opportunity, but that being called “pushy” was aimed at women far more frequently than men. “Women are labeled pushy about twice as frequently as men in COCA even though men are mentioned nearly twice as frequently as women,” he wrote.

Carrie Freeman won the award for “best faculty paper” from the Environmental Communication Division of ICA at the Seattle conference where it was presented last week. The essay is also slated to be published later this summer as a book chapter:  “Lisa and Phoebe, Lone Vegetarian Icons: At Odds with Television’s Carnonormativity,” in D. A. Macey, K. M. Ryan, and N. J. Springer (Eds), How Television Shapes Our Worldview: Media Representations of Social Trends and Change (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014), pp. 193-212.  Congratulations!

Matt Duffy has written an essay for the May 29 Chronicle of Higher Education on the issue of the recent labor controversy surrounding construction of the New York University branch campus in Abu Dhabi. You may have seen the New York Times report, which revealed that labor conditions on the project were far out of sync with the assurances made by NYU that workers would be fairly and humanely treated. Matt, who both taught and did advanced degree work in the GSU Communication program, brings a compelling perspective to this given his own experience as a professor at Zayed University there.