Communication Department News: Winter 2009
- Internet scholar and UIC professor of communication Steve Jones was a guest today on Chicago Public Radio's "Eight Forty-Eight" program. Jones will discuss the role of technology in open governement. "Eight Forty-Eight" airs on WBEZ-FM (91.5) at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Listen to the story on-line.
- A chapter on "Herd models of diffusion in new media environments," authored by our colleague Jim Danowski and based on NSF-funded research in the auto industry has been accepted for a book, Recent Advances in the study of the diffusion of innovations, published by Hampton Press. The editors G. Barnett and A. Vishwanath noted that the respective ICA paper was one of the stimuli behind the book project.
- Steve Jones, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, is Co-PI on a $1,693,044 five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) titled "Preparedness and Emergency Response Using Simulated Environments (PERUSE)." The grant seeks to improve emergency-response training that incorporates experiential exercises, computer-based simulations, and virtual environments.
- Steve Jones, UIC professor of communication, is quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story on the increased use of texting as a communication tool.
- Andrew Rojecki, UIC associate professor of communication, was interviewed by Fox Chicago News (WFLD-TV) about the New York Post editorial cartoon that associates a chimpanzee with President Obama's economic stimulus package. The segment was scheduled to air during the 9 p.m. newscast Feb. 19, 2009.
- Andrew Rojecki, UIC associate professor of communication, was interviewed by The New York Times about a New York Post editorial cartoon that linked a chimpanzee with President Obama's economic stimulus package. Rojecki's comments appear in an article posted on the nytimes.com City Room blog.
- Jim Danowski's paper on "Automated Network Analysis of Interdepartmental Organizational Communication Networks: Associations with Self-Report Data" was accepted this past week for the upcoming meetings of the International Network for Social Network Analysts in San Diego in March.
- The program committee for the conference in Ejsberg, Denmark, Euro 2008: Intelligence and Security Informatics, where our colleague Jim Danowski presented work on automated optimal anti-terrorism semantic network messages from news stories in December, has invited him to join the editorial board for the 2009 Special Issue of Annals of Information Science on Data Mining for Social Network Data.
- Sharon Meraz just got an article accepted for publication in Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism. Here is the full citation:
"The Fight for 'How to Think': Traditional Media, Social Networks, and Issue Interpretation". Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism (forthcoming).
- James Danowski and NSF grant colleagues Julia Gluesing and Ken Riopelle of Wayne State University are presenting a paper at a
conference this week that will become a book chapter in Mixed Methods in Social Network Research:
Mixing Ethnography and Information Technology Data Mining to Visualize Innovation Networks in Global Networked Organizations. Paper presented to the International Conference on Mixing Methods in Social Network Research, European Academy Berlin, January 30th - 31st 2009.
- Andrew Rojecki, UIC associate professor of communication, is interviewed in a CNN.com story about whether President Obama will be held to different standard because he is the first African-American president.
- Congratulations to Nan Ke and Hui-Ching Chang - Their paper, based on Nan's thesis, received a Top-3 ranking from the reviewers
and will be included in the Intercultural Communication Division's top-paper session for presentation at the International
Communication Association this May.
Ke, N., & Chang, H.-c. (2009). Cultural adaptation and ethnic online communities: A study of Chinese sojourners in the U. S. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association.
- Kevin Barnhurst is on sabbatical leave during Spring 2009 semester. He will be a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen and at the University of Perugia, Italy, and will give lectures in Paris and other European campuses.
- Andrew Rojecki, whose article, titled Media Discourse on Globalization, published in Political Communication, has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming volume Globalization and Culture, edited by Paul James (Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT in Australia, an editor of Arena Journal, and on the Council of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies). The work will be published as four reprinted volumes by Sage, June 2009.
- Steve Jones, UIC professor of communication, is quoted in a MediaPost.com article about a new study reporting that wireless devices will be the primary means of connecting to the Internet for most people worldwide in 2020. See it here.
- Jim Danowski has a report of his research method published in:
Danowski, J.A. (2008). Evaluative word locations in semantic networks from news stories about Al Qaeda and implications for optimal communication messages in anti-terrorism campaigns. In D. Ortiz-Arroyo, H.L. Larsen, D. D. Zemg, D. Hicks, & G. Wagner (Eds.). Intelligence and Security Inforrmatics. (pps. 271-274). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5376. Berlin: Springer.
- Jim Danowski in collaboration with undergraduate Communication student Noah Cepela have been invited to submit a chapter:
Danowski, J.A. and Cepela, N. (2009). Automatic Mapping of Social Networks of Actors From Large Collections of News Stories and Web Documents. In N. Memon, J.J.Xu, D. L. Hicks, H. Chen (eds.). Annals of Information Systems, Special Issue on Data Mining for Social Network Data. New York: Springer.
- Sharon Meraz has two forthcoming articles. Both manuscripts address the role of blogging and/or other social media as information networks.
Sharon Meraz (forthcoming). Is there an Elite Hold? Traditional Media to Social Media Influence in Blog Networks. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.
Sharon Meraz (forthcoming, 2009). The 'Many-Faced' You of Social Media. Book Chapter in Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas [Taylor and Francis].
- Hui-Ching Chang's article on the New Taiwanese is currently in press, in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication.
Chang, H.-c., & Holt, R. (2009). "The New Taiwanese": Symbolic language and the construction of Taiwanese identity. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 19(2).
- Kevin Barnhurst and John Nerone's chapter on Journalism History is featured in the upcoming Handbook of Journalism Studies
(Karin Wahl-Jorgensen & Thomas Hanitzsch, Eds), out on LEA.
Kevin G. Barnhurst & John Nerone. "Journalism History." In Handbook of Journalism Studies, pp. 17-28. Ed. Karin Wahl-Jorgensen & Thomas Hanitzsch. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2008
- Jim Danowski's submitted chapter has been accepted for inclusion in the edited volume titled Interpersonal Relations and Social Patterns in Communication Technologies, forthcoming in 2009, to be published by IGI Global.
- Jack Jones' paper, "Aristotle's Rhetorical Theory of Memory: New Perspectives," was accepted for presentation at the upcoming CSCA 2009 convention.